After enduring a string of losses, former WWE Women's Champion Bayley finally tasted victory on Friday night's episode of SmackDown. "The Role Model" defeated Zelina Vega in a one-on-one clash, signaling a potential change in fortunes.
The match was hard-fought but Bayley showed resilience, ultimately getting the better of Vega. Celebrations didn't end in the ring, though. Bayley and her Damage CTRL teammate, IYO SKY, dealt a post-match beatdown on Vega, only for Charlotte Flair to make a dramatic save, chasing away the duo.
Shortly after her in-ring triumph, Bayley took to Twitter to dedicate her win to IYO SKY. Tweeting, "THAT BIG WIN (although tiny opponent) WAS FOR YOU @Iyo_SkyWWE!!! @ImKingKota and I will throw you the celebration you deserve, I PROMISE!
THAT BIG WIN (although tiny opponent) WAS FOR YOU @Iyo_SkyWWE!!!!!! @ImKingKota and I will throw you the celebration you deserve, I PROMISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #DamageCTRL pic.twitter.com/aEaOP2sL0s — Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) October 14, 2023
Breaking the Slump
The win couldn't have come at a better time.
It's been a lean spell for Bayley, who hadn't seen a win in the last three months. This recent victory could mark the end of her slump and the start of a much-needed upward trajectory. Charlotte Flair, however, will have her chance at redemption against IYO SKY in a rematch set for next week, following a decision by the new SmackDown General Manager, Nick Aldis.
This match sets the stage for possible interference from Zelina Vega, which could result in the creation of a new tag team alliance. This win could be especially significant for Bayley, considering that WWE's creative team could be setting her up for a more prominent role.
She’s not just a former champion; she's also one of the most consistently strong performers in the Women's division. With the looming possibility of a celebration for IYO SKY, Bayley and Dakota Kai's future in WWE looks promising.
Keep an eye on Bayley; her Friday night win might just be the precursor to a larger storyline involving feuds, alliances, and maybe even a shot at reclaiming the title. After all, Bayley is no stranger to championship gold, and her recent win could be a harbinger of another reign. For now, though, "The Role Model" seems focused on one thing: climbing back to the top, one win at a time.