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Reason why big Madison Square Garden match was changed

Madison Square Garden is often hyped as the World's Most Famous Arena which is why WWE treasures it so much. Not only is it a famous arena, but it was also WWE's home for a great deal of time as the company flourished into the global superpower we know it as today.

The recent show at MSG was notable for a few reasons. Not only did it possibly mark Brock Lesnar's final WWE performance in the famous building, but it also contained the in-ring return of Nikki Bella in an actual match.

Bella teamed with her fiance John Cena to take on Elias and Sonya Deville but that wasn't the original booking for the match. The initial plan was for Elias to team with Bayley which led a lot of people to assume The Hugger was turning heel.

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The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted the decision to swap out Deville for Bayley was done because the former Raw Women's Champion hadn't turned heel yet in the televised storylines. It was mentioned Bayley should have evidently turned heel by that point but obviously, plans changed.

Instead, The Hugger was added to the Alexa Bliss vs Sasha Banks match to make it a triple threat which is still a fine contest. But it would have still been interesting to see Bayley and Elias team up once more to reprise their partnership from WWE Mixed Match Challenge against John Cena and Nikki Bella at Madison Square Garden.

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