WWE Payback 2020 marked the tip of the tag title reign of Sasha Banks and Bayley and the start … [+] of their implosion as a duo. (Credit score: Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Photos)
WWE took one step nearer to the implosion of arguably its most entertaining duo when Bayley and Sasha Banks misplaced the WWE Ladies’s Tag Staff Championship to Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler at Payback.
Over the previous a number of months, there have been loads of refined—and not-so-subtle—teases that the empire established by The Golden Function Models was about to return crumbling down, however the extremely anticipated breakup storyline has principally been shifting at a snail’s tempo. That was till final week’s SummerSlam pay-per-view when Bayley and Banks’ dominance over the ladies’s division began to fizzle away as Banks misplaced the Uncooked Ladies’s Championship to Asuka on the identical night time that Bayley defeated Asuka because of an inadvertent assistant from “The Boss.”
That shrewd reserving transfer was clearly meant to determine much more minor points between Bayley and Banks, who haven’t been getting alongside fairly as swimmingly for the previous handful of weeks. The final word purpose of all the pieces we’ve been seeing between these two greatest associates is to construct towards an eventual match between the 2, with that bout reportedly as soon as set to happen at WrestleMania 36 earlier than WWE determined that it didn’t wish to rush into it with out the correct construct.
Nicely, this extremely anticipated match actually has gotten loads of construct since then, with Banks and Bayley each rating amongst WWE’s most spectacular performers of its Efficiency Heart Period and, in some ways, carrying each Uncooked and SmackDown on their backs. With WWE officers reportedly viewing the corporate’s transfer to the ThunderDome as a “restart” following 5 months of principally audience-less exhibits contained in the PC, that implies that we’re doubtless going to see greater and higher storylines due to the brand new, extra intriguing environment created contained in the Amway Heart.
Whereas AEW has been holding off on large moments till followers are again in attendance as a result of it doesn’t wish to primarily waste main storylines throughout such a down time, WWE clearly isn’t using that technique—a minimum of not anymore. As evidenced by Roman Reigns’ return eventually week’s SummerSlam and subsequent heel flip, WWE is revamping and reinvigorating its programming with some added star energy and blockbuster storylines, two issues which can be desperately wanted at a time when viewership for Uncooked and SmackDown has fared fairly poorly resulting from a wide selection of circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Issues are clearly altering, although.
WWE is getting into the autumn season when TV competitors tends to be at its hardest, particularly with Uncooked battling Monday Night time Soccer, and when WWE faces that harsh actuality, it’s customary for its artistic staff to go all in on marquee storylines and feuds. In the intervening time, it doesn’t get a lot greater or higher than Banks vs. Bayley in a possible battle between two stars who’ve a ton of historical past with each other and have been completely important to WWE for a lot of 2020. A feud between the 2 is just about inevitable, and in a great world, they might do battle on the grand stage of a present like WrestleMania 37 in entrance of a packed home of followers with a ladies’s title on the road.
However the actuality is, there stays a lot uncertainty about when WWE will host exhibits with followers once more, when it’ll return to stay touring occasions and when it’ll host occasions outdoors of the Amway Heart. With so many questions remaining and the apparent finish purpose of this prolonged storyline between Banks and Bayley being an eventual breakup and main match between the 2, it may show to be fairly troublesome for WWE to proceed to delay that match whereas making certain that Bayley and Banks stay compelling TV characters.
Certain, it will be good to see Banks and Bayley proceed to thrive as a duo, however given Banks’ loss at SummerSlam and their tag title loss at Payback, it’s grow to be fairly obvious that the time for a cut up is now.