Former SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley is set to be out of action for nine months.
As reported by WWE, Bayley sustained an injury during training ahead of her meeting with Bianca Belair at WWE Money In The Bank. The nature of the injury is currently unknown but a replacement for Money In The Bank will be announced on the upcoming edition of SmackDown.
Bayley had been due to face Belair at the event in an “I Quit” Match, for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
The two women have been embroiled in a feud since WrestleMania 37. Belair narrowly escaped with her title during a clash at WrestleMania Backlash, before maintaining the upper hand at Hell In A Cell. The rivalry between the pair has continued to escalate, resulting in the match at Money In The Bank.
On the most recent episode of SmackDown, the two women came face to face once more with Bianca Belair making the challenge for the I Quit match in an effort to embarrass and finally silence Bayley. Belair laughed as she told the longest-reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion in history that for so long she wanted Bayley to stop running her mouth but now she can’t wait to hear Bayley utter the two words that will matter most, I quit.
The card for Money In The Bank is taking shape as Roman Reigns will defend the WWE Universal Title against Edge while WWE Champion Bobby Lashley puts his title on the line against Kofi Kingston. Rhea Ripley defends her Raw Women’s Title once more against Charlotte Flair while the line-ups for both Money In The Bank matches are almost complete. Asuka, Naomi, Alexa Bliss, Nikki ASH, Carmella, and the returning Zelina Vega will be joined by two more competitors still to be determined. In the men’s match Ricochet, John Morrison, Riddle, Drew McIntyre, Big E, and Kevin Owens will be joined by either Seth Rollins or Cesaro and King Nakamura or Baron Corbin.
Inside The Ropes will continue to update this story as it develops.