Last night on SmackDown, Bayley defeated Lacey Evans. However, the SmackDown Women’s Champion had something to say about the “Wild Card Rule” afterward.
In an exclusive interview with Cathy Kelley, Bayley said she is tired of wrestling women from Raw. She wants to work with competitors from her own brand.
“That’s just it…Raw’s Lacey Evans,” she said. “Nothing against Lacey, that was a hell of a match from her. But, I’m tired of wrestling the girls from Raw. “It’s nothing against them, the division is stacked, they are great athletes and amazing superstars…on Raw. I’m the SmackDown Women’s Champion. I want to compete against women from SmackDown. The Carmellas, Zelina Vegas, Kairi Sanes, that would be so cool. What about the real Liv Morgan? Where’s she at? I would love to have a match with Liv. I want to prove Charlotte wrong when she says I’m not elevating the championship or this division. It’s because I don’t get a chance to. Give me that chance. I need that chance. I’m going to show Charlotte how far I’m willing to go at Clash of Champions.”
Vince McMahon introduced the “Wild Card Rule” back in May to add some spontaneity to WWE programming. The concept allows a limited number of superstars to make an appearance on another brand for one night only.
This seemed to signal the end of the brand split because it blurred the line between both shows. Instead, to Bayley’s point, it has often hindered the progress of brand-exclusive storylines or stifled fresh matchups.
Even more, SmackDown seemingly got the better of Raw in terms of female talent during the Superstar Shake-Up. Since most of the women, who moved to the blue brand, haven’t been used in a storyline.
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