Despite being heavily advertised the Steel Cage Match between Bayley and Becky Lynch on the January 23rd edition of Raw never happened.
After the duo had their time significantly cut the decision was taken to turn the segment into an angle rather than a match. This led to Damage CTRL attacking Lynch before she even got into the ring. The timing issues stemmed from the opening portion of the show featuring the ‘trial of Sami Zayn’ overrunning.
It was reported after the show that Lynch had been due to win the match with the beatdown taking place after the bell.
In the aftermath of the segment, fans across the world took to social media to express their displeasure at the situation. This was followed by the Bellas Twins hitting out at WWE over their use, or lack of, women on the show.
Bayley Appreciates Fan Support
Speaking in a new interview with Ariel Helwani for BT Sport, Bayley has now attempted calm fans’ concerns. The former SmackDown Women’s Champion said that women’s wrestling isn’t moving backward and female stars are still appreciated backstage.
“They have our backs and stuff, but I don’t want them to think that women’s wrestling is moving backward or that we’re not seen in the same light as Roman Reigns or anybody like that. We are very appreciated backstage, we’re treated super well, and we are a part of big conversations when it comes to big stories, big matches, big premium live events. We’re in conversations with that. I don’t want the fans to get the wrong idea with what happened. It was just what happened, happened. We’re going to make the best of it and they’re going to see how it made everything so much bigger and better.”
Bayley will be back in action in the women’s Royal Rumble Match as she bids to earn a shot at championship gold.
H/t to Fightful