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Bayley Comments On Steel Cage Match Being Cut From Raw

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Many women’s wrestling fans were not happy by the middle of the Raw XXX episode which took place on Jan. 23. If it wasn’t for the lack of women’s legends to celebrate 30 years of Raw, it was the advertised match between Bayley and Becky Lynch inside of a steel cage did not happen. What ended up taking place was Damage CTRL attacking Lynch inside the cage before making their escape.

According to a report from Fightful Select after this occurrence, it was reported that the opening segment of the Trial of Sami Zayn with the Bloodline ran too long which caused other parts of the show (primarily the women’s steel cage match) to be trimmed.

In an interview with Ariel Helwani over Royal Rumble weekend for BT Sports, Bayley spoke about how she felt about the situation. The clip above was originally posted on the WWE on BT Sports Twitter account but has since been deleted.

“I felt good. I honestly think it put our story in a whole different place. I think it did a lot for Damage CTRL. So I’m super happy with it.”

She continues to say that she is not bummed about the match being cut and was asked if she saw the support of the fans online.

“I did, which is cool. They have our backs and stuff, but I don’t want them to think that women’s wrestling is moving backward or that we’re not seen in the same light as Roman Reigns or anybody like that. We are very appreciated backstage, we’re treated super well, and we are a part of big conversations when it comes to big stories, big matches, big premium live events. We’re in conversations with that. I don’t want the fans to get the wrong idea with what happened. It was just what happened, happened. We’re going to make the best of it and they’re going to see how it made everything so much bigger and better.”

In conjunction with what took place at Raw XXX, the Bella Twins who were originally advertised but could not attend spoke about the lack of women’s representation. You can read about Nikki Bella‘s comments here and also watch what they had to say on Tamron Hall below.

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