During tonight’s WWE pay-per-view event Hell in a Cell 2020, Sasha Banks defeated Bayley to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
The physically taxing, brutal Hell in a Cell match went over 26 minutes. Banks ended the match when she put Bayley’s head in her own beloved chair and executed the Bank Statement, forcing Bayley to tap out and ending her record 380-day reign as SmackDown Women’s Champion.
The women also used kendo sticks, fire extinguishers, tables, and the cage itself to inflict pain on each other.
At Payback in August, the pair lost the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships to Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. After failing to regain the titles at the following episode of SmackDown, Bayley turned on her friend, brutalizing Banks out of action for a few weeks. At Clash of Champions, Bayley retained her title via disqualification, and Banks returned to repay the favor with a chair of her own. On the following SmackDown, Banks challenged Bayley to a title match within the steel cage.
The pair have acted as a tag team off-and-on for over four years, officially name their team Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection in 2018. The two have faced each other in singles matches 29 times since 2013.
The last time Sasha Banks held a singles title was in August, when she reigned as Raw Women’s Champion for 34 days. She’s had five reigns as a singles competitor on the main roster, lasting only a total of 116 days.
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