The finish to the RAW Women's Title match at the WWE Payback pay-per-view (PPV) last month between Bayley and Alexa Bliss had quite the rollercoaster ride to arrive at the final finish.
Bliss was brought over to the red brand via the Superstar Shake-Up earlier this year, and the former SmackDown Live women's champion made her presence felt immediately. She defeated Sasha Banks, Mickie James, and Nia Jax in a Fatal Four Way to earn the chance against Bayley at Payback.
She emerged victorious when it was alls said and done from the SAP Center, however, that wasn't always the plan.
Per a report from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the finish to Bayley and Bliss' match was changed four times over a span of 30 hours. Through Saturday WWE officials had it planned that Bayley would successfully retain her title in her hometown of San Jose, California.
On Sunday morning, however, the decision was made for Bliss to instead go over and become the first woman in WWE history to have held the RAW and SmackDown Women's Titles.
Currently, it is expected that the pair will rematch for the strap at Extreme Rules on June 4th, which takes place at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. No matches for the event are official as of this writing.
That isn't the only title fight on the card that had its finish changed right before showtime, as the Cruiserweight Title bout between Neville and Austin Aries was subject to change as well.
Neville was originally slated to defeat Aries once again, but that didn't make sense for their program going forward as it would've marked the second consecutive defeat for Aries at the hands of Neville after 'The King Of The Cruiserweights' downed him at Wrestlemania 33 last month.
Instead, Aries got the win via disqualification after Neville pushed the referee down, and a stipulation rematch is being expected for Extreme Rules.
Things could also get very interesting with the recent involvement of TJP (TJ Perkins) in the angle, as the WWE could be preparing for a Triple Threat Match between the trio.
It's nothing new for the WWE to make changes to matches right before showtime, but the fact that the two matches that were changed up were title matches makes it rather interesting. Do you think the right calls were made as it pertains to these two matches?
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