Former SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley has taken to social media to bid farewell to the WWE ThunderDome.
Bayley has been one of the standout stars of what has become known as the ‘Pandemic Era,’ as WWE were forced to present all of their events without a live audience. While this also ground WWE’s touring schedule to a halt, it also saw the advent of the ThunderDome.
During the time that WWE has been presented from the ThunderDome, Bayley cemented herself as one of the central features of Friday Night SmackDown. The former NXT Women’s Champion continued her feud with Sasha Banks, before tangling with current SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair.
However, while crowds are set to return to WWE events in a matter of days, it was announced that Bayley has suffered a serious injury while training. While the injury has been described as the result of a freak accident, the problem will keep the former Women’s Tag Team Champion out of action for nine months.
Posting on Twitter, Bayley appeared in philosophical mood as she said goodbye to the ThunderDome.
“Tons of championship matches, multiple tag team matches, so much yelling at Cole, contract signings, 2 Hell in a Cell matches, frustration, wins, losses, tears, endless memories for the past 15 months. So….What’s another 9? Goodbye PC/Pandemic/Thunderdome Era.”
Tons of championship matches, multiple tag team matches, so much yelling at Cole, contract signings, 2 Hell in a Cell matches, frustration, wins, losses, tears, endless memories for the past 15 months. So….What’s another 9? 😵💫
Goodbye PC/Pandemic/Thunderdome Era. pic.twitter.com/aLFCImwwB5
— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) July 10, 2021
Bayley had been scheduled to face Bianca Blair in an “I Quit” Match at WWE Money In The Bank. However, with the number one contender now out of action, Belair needed a new challenger, and one was quickly supplied on SmakcDown.
On the show, Sonya Deville came to the ring to announce a rejig of sorts to account for Belair’s lack of opponent for the pay-per-view. Deville revealed that Bianca Belair will no longer defend her title at Money In The Bank but will now put the belt on the line on SmackDown on July 16th, the company’s first show back on the road after the pandemic.
Deville then named Belair’s new number one contender as Carmella, after previously naming her as one of SmackDown’s entrants into the women’s Money In The Bank match.
Liv Morgan immediately took issue with the decision, before being added into the Money In The Bank Ladder Match in Carmella’s place.