Bayley made her shock return at WWE SummerSlam 2022, and she or he didn’t come alone.
Shortly after Bianca Belair’s win over Becky Lynch to retain the WWE Uncooked Ladies’s Championship, Lynch’s subsequently confirmed an indication of fine sportsmanship with a handshake and heat embrace. The warmhearted second didn’t final, nonetheless, as Bayley’s music performed, inflicting followers to erupt. Bayley was joined by a returning Dakota Kai, who was launched in April, and Io Shirai.
Shirai was topic of rumors that she was on her approach out of WWE, however Shirai scoffed on the Dave Meltzer scuttlebutt with a puke emoji on Twitter. In the long run, it seems Shirai knew one thing the wrestling media didn’t as she made her fundamental roster debut to flank Bayley in an obvious new secure. After Bianca Belair was upstaged finally 12 months’s SummerSlam with the return of Becky Lynch in a controversial 26-second loss, this 12 months it was Bayley’s flip.
Bayley, Kai and Shirai confronted off with Bianca Belair and newly minted babyface Becky Lynch. The 5 girls teased getting bodily till the heel aspect backed down.
The return of Dakota Kai was greater than only a “welcome again” second. It felt just like the official begin of the Triple H period. Dakota Kai was a prime star of NXT 1.0, the place Triple H presided as the top booker. As soon as Triple H misplaced energy following NXT’s loss to AEW within the Wednesday Evening Wars, Kai was one in all many casualties from the Black and Gold period, which gave strategy to NXT 2.0.
With Vince McMahon pressured to retire/resign, nonetheless, and Triple H again within the saddle on the primary roster, Kai’s return needs to be emblematic of a brand new WWE in Triple H’s imaginative and prescient. Triple H and WWE brass are reportedly making an attempt to reconcile with Sasha Banks and Naomi, who positioned their Ladies’s Tag Crew Championships on John Laurinaitis’ desk and walked out of WWE throughout a Uncooked taping. Banks and Naomi have been promptly admonished on-air for what WWE described as “unprofessional” conduct. Unsurprisingly, WWE didn’t give that very same power to Brock Lesnar when he walked out.
Banks and Naomi’s exit stemmed from artistic variations. With each McMahon and Laurinaitis out of the best way, a Banks and Naomi reunion with WWE couldn’t be too far behind. In truth, Banks and Naomi as Bianca Belair’s backup in opposition to Bayley’s triad nearly makes an excessive amount of sense.
One in every of Triple H’s subsequent huge strikes will come when WWE NXT goes head-to-head with AEW All Out on September 4, 2022. That present will want many extra huge splashes to grab viewers’ curiosity from AEW in what could also be a reclamation undertaking for Triple H.