Bianca Belair vs. Bayley (WWE WrestleMania Backlash 5/16/21)

Match Reviews

Bianca remains one of the most easily likeable babyfaces in the WWE today. She’s one of the few people that can make that smiling babyface deal feel sincere and genuine. She just looks so damn happy to be where she’s at, easiest thing in the world to root for.

That she has this match against someone who also had natural babyface charm now working as the heel is rather fitting. These two are now working in the opposite roles that made them famous previously and somehow it works brilliantly.

Bayley puts in an incredibly strong heel performance here. She’s slimy and opportunistic through the entire thing. Every transition involves her going to something underhanded whether it’s going for the eyes or messing with Bianca’s hair. Much like the WrestleMania main event, the structure does Bianca all the favors, giving her a nice shine to emphasize her strength and athleticism.

All of that’s good but then these two decide to throw in a few nutty dives to elevate this to great. Bianca taking a suplex onto the floor and then Bayley doing a full on tope onto nothing stand out as wonderful moments in this match. Entirely unnecessary but appreciated nonetheless. The kind of additional recklessness that can elevate an already match to the levels of great.

The finish is again wonderful. Bayley makes the same mistake Sasha did last year in trying to mess with Bianca’s hair. The match shows the restraint of not unleashing another brutal hair whip here but Bianca still uses it to tie into the finish. Perfect comeuppance for the heel and with enough of an opening for more rematches from these two.

Great match, definitely check it out.

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