In a bold move to redefine her career trajectory, Bayley set her sights on victory early in December 2023, vowing to clinch the 2024 Women's Royal Rumble match. Her ambition was clear: to challenge Rhea Ripley for the coveted Women's World Championship at the grand stage of WrestleMania 40.
Bayley's determination was palpable, with her provocations aimed at Ripley becoming increasingly pronounced. She adopted Ripley's signature "Mami's Always on Top" attire and even sported "RR" on her cheek, signaling a brewing rivalry ripe for the WrestleMania spotlight.
Her social media was abuzz, notably with a Twitter post where she donned Ripley's gear, boldly proclaiming herself the "Mami Slayer" and directly challenging Ripley. Living up to her resolution, Bayley triumphed in the 2024 women's Royal Rumble, making an impressive entrance at #3 and setting a new record by lasting 1 hour, 3 minutes, and 3 seconds in the ring, surpassing Ripley's previous record.
This victory not only solidified her position but also set the stage for a highly anticipated clash with Ripley at WrestleMania 40.
Bayley's Record Triumph
Acknowledging Bayley's remarkable achievement, Triple H praised her on X (formerly Twitter) for her record-setting performance, highlighting her earned title match opportunity at WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia.
Bayley's response to this accolade was swift, as she retweeted Triple H's commendation with a confident assertion of her readiness to face and defeat Ripley at the grand event. In response to the growing anticipation for their WrestleMania showdown, Ripley proposed an "Iron Woman match" as the stipulation, a challenge Bayley readily accepted, referencing her undefeated record in such matches.
This reference harked back to her iconic Iron Woman match against Sasha Banks in NXT, where Bayley successfully defended her NXT Women's Championship, marking the first time a women's match headlined a Pay-Per-View event.
As the wrestling world buzzes with excitement, the stage is set for a historic confrontation between Bayley and Ripley at WrestleMania 40, promising a spectacle that fans won't want to miss.