Dakota Kai Betrays Bayley, Rejoins Damage CTRL in Return Match

Dakota Kai's allegiance takes center stage in WWE showdown.

by Atia Mukhtar
Dakota Kai Betrays Bayley, Rejoins Damage CTRL in Return Match
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In a stunning turn of events on "WWE SmackDown" this Friday night, Dakota Kai marked her highly anticipated return to the ring with a shocking betrayal against Bayley, leaving fans and spectators in utter disbelief. After a grueling year sidelined due to a torn ACL sustained during a WWE Women's Tag Team Championship bout in May 2023, Kai was poised to make a formidable comeback.

Teaming up with Bayley, the duo was set to face off against Asuka and Kairi Sane, the formidable WWE Women's Tag Team Champions known as The Kabuki Warriors. This match was eagerly arranged following an alleged backstage attack on Kai by Damage CTRL last week, setting the stage for a dramatic confrontation.

Kai's Loyalty Questioned

The dynamics between Bayley and Kai have been fraught with tension since Bayley's exit from Damage CTRL, leading to rampant speculation about Kai's true loyalties. This match promised to reveal where her allegiances truly lay.

As the match unfolded, Kai's actions spoke louder than words. Initially appearing to support Bayley, Kai shockingly withdrew her aid when it mattered most. In a pivotal moment, as Bayley managed to fend off a relentless assault by The Kabuki Warriors and reached out for a tag, Kai coldly stepped off the apron, abandoning Bayley to her fate against Asuka and Sane.

This act of treachery is not out of character for Kai, who has a notorious history of betrayals in WWE, particularly during her tenure in "WWE NXT." She has turned against allies such as Raquel Rodriguez (formerly known as Raquel Gonzalez) on multiple occasions, and her betrayal in the first-ever women's WarGames match remains a defining moment of her career.

Now, with her allegiance seemingly shifted back to WWE Women's Champion IYO SKY, Asuka, and Sane, Dakota Kai's latest betrayal adds another chapter to her complex narrative within WWE. This development raises intriguing questions about the future dynamics between Bayley, Kai, and the rest of the WWE roster as we approach WrestleMania 40.

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