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Friday, 17 March 2017

Raw Women’s Champion Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax (Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match)

Raw Women’s Champion Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax (Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match)

Nia Jax is eliminated after the three other women gang up on her.
Sasha Banks is eliminated by Charlotte.

RESULT: Bayley via pinfall.
THOUGHTS: So happy Bayley didn't drop the title to Charlotte.

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Hours before defending the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania, Bayley tweeted that she watched The Show of Shows as a child and felt like it was on another planet. At 2017’s edition of WrestleMania, Bayley was the center of the WWE Universe, and a childhood dream became reality as she successfully defended her title in a grueling Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match, defeating Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks and Nia Jax.

Raw Women's Champion Bayley defends her title against Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair and Nia Jax: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

The Hugger Section was out in full force as the champion entered the arena, draped in a cape covered in fringe reminiscent of “Macho Man” Randy Savage blowing in the Orlando air, along with her wacky, waving, inflatable Bayley Buddies.

Charlotte Flair, who paid homage to the entrance made by her legendary father, Ric Flair, in the final match of his career at WrestleMania XXIV, joined the champion and Banks in ganging up on Nia Jax. However, the monstrous Superstar fought them all off before crushing Bayley and hurling Flair onto Banks and Bayley at ringside. ¬Despite the differences between them over years of rivalry and friendship, Charlotte, Banks and Bayley joined forces to fell the towering Jax with a triple powerbomb to eliminate her from the bout.

After Jax’s ouster, however, any teamwork that had existed went out the window, with Flair exiting the ring and forcing Bayley and Banks to battle each other. The epic struggle quickly spilled to the outside, where The Boss flattened Bayley and Charlotte dazzled the sold-out Orlando Citrus Bowl with a picture-perfect twisting moonsault from the top turnbuckle.

Back in the ring, Charlotte turned the tables in her favor by exposing the middle turnbuckle, which she later sent The Boss into face-first, and thereby put an end to Banks’ hopes of regaining the Raw Women’s Championship.

The Queen returned to the top rope, but crashed onto the canvas as Bayley evaded a moonsault. However, Flair quickly recovered and trapped the champion in the Figure-Four Leg Lock. Charlotte focused her offense on Bayley’s left knee, hoping to lock the Figure Eight on the weakened champion and begin her fifth reign with the title.

However, there would be no stopping Bayley from realizing her lifelong dream at The Ultimate Thrill Ride. Bayley untangled herself from the ropes, climbed up to the top and took a leap of faith. Just like Randy Savage, Bayley connected with an Elbow Drop to retain her title.

WrestleMania is the platform on which the biggest dreams come true. For Bayley, though, there’s no time to rest on her laurels. The rest of the Raw Women’s division will surely be targeting her and her title. Can she ride the high of WrestleMania glory to bigger and better things?

Bayley’s run as Raw Women’s Champion has been a dream come true, but she’ll have to deny her best friend, her most ardent foe and an unstoppable force at WrestleMania to prevent a rude awakening.

The beloved Raw Women’s Champion will defend her title against Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, and Nia Jax in a Fatal 4-Way Match at WrestleMania 33 that began to take shape as far back as December. That’s when Charlotte wrestled the title from Banks in a gruelling WWE Iron Man Match, sending The Boss into a minor tailspin while Bayley rose up as The Queen’s most prominent foe in the process.

Even though Charlotte fended Bayley off at the Royal Rumble, a recovered Banks provided her friend with a decisive assist on Raw to dethrone The Queen — and then another at WWE Fastlane, snapping Charlotte’s pay-per-view streak and all but assuring Bayley will walk into her first Showcase of the Immortals as Raw Women’s Champion.

Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match

Thanks to Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon coming down on Charlotte’s side that Sasha’s interference cost Flair the Fastlane match, The Queen was able to wheel and deal her way to the big dance. Banks joined the field at the end of an impromptu friendly against Bayley that booked her passage to Orlando, and Jax followed suit two weeks later by defeating Bayley in a non-title contest to earn her place in the match. The next week, a pre-Raw announcement complicated things further, transforming the bout into a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match and rendering Bayley's grip on her title in more danger than ever.

In a sense, perhaps it was always fated to be this way: The four most dominant figures of Raw’s Women’s division — the beloved champion, the dominant Queen, the rebounding Boss and the near-unstoppable Jax — finally clashing in an every-woman-for-herself battle. At the centre of it all is Bayley, the dreamer who finally reached the mountaintop. But tonight, streaming live at 7 ET/4 PT on WWE Network, we will see what happens when dreams and ambition collide.



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