Money In the Bank Qualifying Match: Sasha Banks vs. Lacey Evans
We go back to the ring and out comes Sasha Banks with SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley. Lacey Evans is out next for this women’s MITB Ladder Match qualifier.
The bell rings and they go at it. They end up on the floor early on and Evans launches Banks into the barrier. Banks ends up turning it around and focuses on the right hand she uses for her finisher. Banks brings it back in for a close 2 count. Banks goes to work on the arm and hand now as Bayley looks on. Banks keeps control but Evans mounts some offense while selling the arm injury. Evans with a big knee. Evans tries to post up on the rope but she’s unable to. Banks capitalizes and sends her into the corner, hitting a big running boot to the arm.
Banks keeps control and hits the Meteora from the corner for another pin attempt. Banks talks some trash while keeping Evans down. Evans counters and sends her face-first into the turnbuckles. We see Bayley holding a paper sign of Evans’ daughter.
Evans unloads on Banks and slams Banks’ face into the ring post several times as the referee warns her. Evans takes Banks to the top but Banks fights back, resisting with strikes. Evans with a body shot. Evans goes for the superplex but Banks stops her, hitting the injured arm. Banks slides to the mat and traps the injured hand between the rope, putting a boot to it. Banks brings Evans to the mat for another 2 count. Banks applies the Bank Statement in the middle of the ring.
Evans fights free and they trade holds, then a pin attempt. Bayley taunts Evans with the photo of her daughter on a stick. Evans ends up landing a Woman’s Right out of nowhere. She goes for the pin but Bayley places her leg on the bottom rope. Evans has had enough as she tries to pull Bayley in the ring. Banks takes advantage and rolls Evans up for a 6 count but the referee is distracted with Bayley. The referee counts but it’s too late.
Banks can’t believe it and she’s upset with Bayley now. Banks turns back around and is leveled with the Woman’s Right out of nowhere. Evans covers for the pin to win the MITB spot.
Winner: Lacey Evans
– After the match, Evans celebrates as her music hits and we get replays. Banks and Bayley end up on the stage together but the music hits and out comes #1 contender Tamina Snuka. Snuka drops Bayley with a big superkick on the stage.
Sasha Banks makes her way to the ring and she is joined by the Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Bayley says to look at them. Just three weeks ago, we were standing in this ring when that jealous Paige tried to ruin her Wrestlemania and hurt their friendship but it didn’t happen. If you think you can touch her, you can’t because she has beaten everyone. Bayley says her greatest moment was when she defied the odds at Wrestlemania . . . because she is the best. They are the best. They are the ultimate role models. All of you sheep who thought she would lose the title and their friends would be ruined, they have two words for you . . .
Sasha says screw you. Sasha says those ignorant sheep understands them.
Tamina interrupts and makes her way to the ring.
Bayley and Sasha say hello to Tamina and they talk about how great she looks and smells. Bayley says she doesn’t know why she is here but they wanted to congratulate her on her performance at Wrestlemania.
Tamina says Bayley did not beat you at Mania. No one beat her at Mania. It took all of you to beat her. Tamina tells Bayley to be a great role model and fight her one-on-one for the championship.
Sasha says Tamina just came back from a coconut shell for the last year. She says there is a pecking order so you cannot jump to the top.
Bayley says as a role model, she will be fair. You can have a match IF . . . you can beat Sasha Banks.
Tamina accepts the challenge and she tells Sasha that her bestie just screwed her.
We go to commercial
– Kayla is backstage with SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley and Sasha Banks. Bayley says tonight’s title defense is unfair. Kayla keeps asking about the match, and how she has to face her best friend, and Bayley says she’s just like everyone on Twitter. Bayley ends the interview and walks off. Kayla stops Sasha and asks her how bad she wants to be SmackDown Women’s Champion. Banks says we’ll just have to wait and see. She walks off.
Fatal 5 Way Elimination Match for the SmackDown Women’s Title: Sasha Banks vs. Naomi vs. Lacey Evans vs. Tamina Snuka vs. Bayley
Back from a break and we go to the ring. Out first comes Sasha Banks, followed by Lacey Evans. Tamina Snuka is out next, followed by Naomi. SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley is out last.
The bell rings and everyone sizes each other up. Bayley and Sasha strike Tamina first but get knocked off. Naomi and Evans do the same but Tamina knocks them away as well. All 4 attack Tamina now but she powers her way out. Tamina with right hands for the other competitors now. Tamina drops Evans with an elbow to the nose. Naomi grabs Tamina’s leg but Tamina drags her into the ring. Evans takes Tamina’s knee down. Bayley and Sasha with double dropkicks to Tamina. Tamina gets kicked out of the ring now.
Sasha seems to be helping Bayley early on. Naomi and Evans team up against Banks and Bayley now, getting the upperhand. They hit double dropkicks and go for the pins at the same time. They avoid the elimination and end up on the floor. Evans and Naomi go at it in the ring now. Tamina comes in and drops them. Tamina levels Bayley and Banks in the ring now. Tamina launches Evans across the ring. Tamina launches Naomi into the corner. Naomi with a running splash to Evans and Naomi at the same time but she can’t get the win.
Tamina with more offense and pin attempts on Evans then Bayley. Tamina scoops Bayley but Banks saves her. Banks and Tamina with kicks to Evans. Naomi, Banks and Tamina stare each other down. Tamina offers her fist for some team work and a Team BAD reunion. They join her but she superkicks Banks. Naomi and Tamina go at it now. Naomi counters with a Stunner for a 2 count as Evans comes back in. Evans with a standing moonsault on Tamina. Naomi tries to take the pin but Tamina overpowers them both. Sasha with a 619 to Tamina. Bayley with the big flying elbow to Tamina. Banks with a Frogsplash to Tamina right after. Evans with a moonsault to Tamina. Naomi with the split-legged moonsault to Tamina. They all pile on Tamina and eliminate her with the pin.
Evans and Naomi baseball slide Banks and Bayley to the floor. Bayley takes Evans down on the floor and sends her into the ring steps. Bayley drops Naomi on the floor as well. Bayley brings Naomi back in and works her over while talking trash. Banks rolls back in and helps Bayley with Naomi. Naomi ends up fighting them off. Bayley blocks a Rear View but Naomi turns it into a Stunner. Banks eats a Rear View. Naomi fights off Bayley and Banks again. Naomi with a 2 count on Banks. Naomi ends up tapping out to the Bank Statement.
Banks and Bayley take turns on Evans now. Banks gets dropped and sent to the floor. Bayley takes control of Evans and rolls her for a 2 count. Banks comes back in and has words with Bayley over what happened when Banks got sent out. Evans rocks Banks with a Woman’s Right to take advantage. Evans pins Banks and Banks is eliminated.
Bayley and Evans go at it now. Bayley has a small cut on her nose. Bayley manhandles Evans some and drives an elbow. Evans fights back but Bayley keeps control. Evans with clotheslines out of the corner. Evans with a kick and a neckbreaker. Bayley tries to tie Evans’ arm to the top with the tag rope. Bayley unloads in the corner and talks some trash. Evans fights free and beats Bayley down. Evans drops Bayley and goes to the top for the moonsault. She nails it but Bayley kicks out.
Evans can’t believe the kick out. Evans goes on but Banks runs back in the ring to drop Evans with a Backstabber. Bayley takes advantage and gets the pin to retain.
– After the match, Banks brings the title in the ring as Bayley recovers while her music hits. Banks raises Bayley’s arm in the middle of the ring. We go to replays. Bayley talks trash to the announcers and poses in the corner as Banks makes her exit and watches from the floor.
At WrestleMania, SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley will have her hands full when she battles five Superstars in a Six-Pack Challenge Elimination Match on The Grandest Stage of Them All.
Recently, the outspoken duo of Bayley and Banks came before the WWE Universe to proclaim that no one past, present or future would touch them in the squared circle. They also had the audacity to state that the Women’s Evolution is over and that the self-proclaimed Role Models’ Era of Dominance has begun.
Those claims did not sit too well with many female competitors. Paige, one of the true pioneers of the groundbreaking Women’s Evolution, made a jaw-dropping announcement on SmackDown. As a result, she got the titleholder and The Boss to scream for her when the former SmackDown General Manager used her clout to establish a SmackDown Women’s Title Match at The Showcase of the Immortals in which Bayley will take on, not only her best friend Sasha, but also Lacey Evans, Tamina, Dana Brooke and Naomi.
Find out who will emerge from the chaos with the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania.
WrestleMania 36 is Too Big for Just One Night! Don’t miss an historic two-night presentation, streaming on WWE Network with former New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski hosting The Show of Shows at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5.