True chances at redemption are often fleeting, both in life and in WWE, but Bayley will indeed get that chance when she takes on Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam.
The Huggable One was riding an unbelievable wave of momentum in the first quarter of 2017, winning the Raw Women’s Championship and successfully defending it at WrestleMania 33. It seemed Bayley was about to have a memorable run with the Raw Women’s crown … and then Alexa Bliss joined Team Red via the 2017 Superstar Shake-up.
Suddenly, Bayley’s lifelong dream resembled something more akin to a night terror. First, Bliss defeated Bayley for the title in her hometown of San Jose, Calif. Then, she brutalized Bayley, both physically and emotionally, leading up to and in the rematch at WWE Extreme Rules. Within the span of two months, Bliss became champion and the self-proclaimed “Goddess of WWE,” and Bayley was, to borrow the phrase, back to being “Just Bayley.”
However, like any great fighter, Bayley rose up, dusted herself off and focused her attention on overthrowing the “Goddess.” After picking up some clutch wins and regaining her mojo in the early summer, Bayley broke all the way back through with a victory over her best friend, Sasha Banks, in a high-stakes match on Raw to earn the opportunity to challenge Bliss for the title at SummerSlam.
And now, at the precipice of the “Goddess’” golden gates, will Bayley be able to put the exclamation point on the comeback story of 2017 by defeating Bliss to regain the Raw Women’s Championship? Or, will Little Miss Bliss deliver another crushing blow to the heart of Bayley by defeating her for the third time in title competition at The Biggest Event of the Summer?
Prediction: Alexa Bliss
As much as I want Bayley to regain the championship, I don’t think it will happen at SummerSlam