Bayley will be defending the SmackDown Women’s Champion against Sasha Banks, Lacey Evans, Dana Brooke, Tamina, and Naomi in less than two weeks at WrestleMania 36.
The SmackDown Women’s Title match was actually meant to be a 1-on-1 showdown between The Hugger and The Boss at the Grandest Stage Of Them All. However, WWE flipping their WrestleMania plans in a major way owing to “prevailing circumstances” has added a new flavor to the booking that’s been rumored for months.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that Vince McMahon deliberately pushed the Banks vs. Bayley match off for a later date and instead booked the Six-Elimination Elimination bout to kickstart the singles feud.
“The company wanted to do Sasha vs Bayley at WrestleMania and to their credit, given there was no time to build it up literally this came up a week or two ago. They just thought ‘are we going to do a match with 4 weeks and no build? Is that insane?’ So they kinda got it pushed where we’ll get the 6-way and that’ll be the start and then we get the singles match when it’s not so rushed. So that’s kinda where that is.”
WWE has turned WrestleMania 36 into a two-night event owing to the CDC’s guidelines to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and the Full Sail University is perhaps the “undisclosed location” for this year’s grand show.
While there’s the possibility of WrestleMania being pre-taped, Meltzer reports the two-night split could potentially affect the pricing of the entire PPV.
“It’s going to be different for every cable company because literally they were told when we were told [about WrestleMania 36 being a two-day event]. It was just a couple of days ago, ‘Hey you’ve got two shows.’ The idea is that you would price the two shows combined what the original place was gonna be.”
“So are you gonna be able to order $37 individually? Some places yes, some places no. Some places you’re just gonna pay once and get both shows.”