WWE is grooming Bayley for an NXT title shot at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn. They are doing a slow build with her with the idea being that she’s not the same Bayley as she used to be and the fire is not there anymore because she’s lost matches to Asuka (in Dallas) and to Nia Jax (on last week’s NXT).
On this week’s episode of NXT, William Regal announced that he had planned for Bayley to challenge Asuka for the NXT Championship but she would be replaced because she is not yet ready to compete. Nia Jax defeated Alexa Bliss and Carmela to become the number 1 contender and she will challenge Asuka in a couple of weeks. The announcers did mention that Bayley will eventually get her shot because of the rematch clause in her contract.
Bayley has wrestled on the last 8 out of 10 NXT Takeover specials but it’s looking like she will not be wrestling on the next one in two weeks. One of the big hooks for the match in August will be that Bayley will have the opportunity to become the first 2-time NXT Women’s Champion and it will also be one year since her excellent match with Sasha Banks at last year’s Takeover in Brooklyn.
By the way, for those of you who have emailed about Bayley’s injury status, the injury spot from her match with Nia Jax was just a storyline. She is fine.