At WrestleMania 36, many people expected best friends Sasha Banks and Bayley to finally square off on a main roster pay-per-view for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. However, the match did not happen, and while the pair did share the ring, it was in a fatal-five way elimination match.
In the days following WrestleMania, many speculated that Sasha Banks was going to win Money in the Bank, and eventually cash-in on her best friend in several months time. However, that also didn’t happen, and Asuka instead won the briefcase.
Despite the match not happening yet, our sources have told us that for the past few months, WWE has been planning on having Banks and Bayley go one-on-one at SummerSlam in August 2020. WrestleTalk has learned that WWE wants to extend the feud, and sees more potential in drawing it out as opposed to rushing it.
We’ve also been told that part of the reason for delaying Banks and Bayley’s match is because of the location that SummerSlam was set to take place. Before Coronavirus, SummerSlam was slated for Boston, where Banks grew up and began wrestling. WWE thought that having Banks vs. Bayley in Boston would have generated the best reaction for Sasha, who would have been the face in the match.
It is unclear whether SummerSlam will take place in Boston due to the Coronavirus, or if WWE is going to move it to another state that may be more willing to allow a live crowd. It is believed that Vince McMahon is determined to have a live crowd for the marquee show, but Boston has made it clear that this won’t be possible until September, at the very earliest.
Whether this means WWE changes their plans remains to be seen, and our sources have said that while the match isn’t completely off the table right now, the company is considering other options for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at the show.