“John Cena isn’t Here”- Bayley roasts Hall of Famer Nikki Bella at WrestleMania 37

Published 04/11/2021, 11:02 PM EDT
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 22: Bayley celebrates during to the WWE Live Duesseldorf event at ISS Dome on February 22, 2017 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Fans hated the fact that Bayley would miss out on WrestleMania. She deserved a big role on the biggest show of the year for carrying SmackDown through the pandemic. However, WWE relegated her to the role of an annoying backstage presence who bothers the Hall of Fame inductees.

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Bayley roasts Nikki Bella at WrestleMania 37

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On Night 1 of WrestleMania, Bayley interrupted hosts Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan and chided them for their poor hosting. She claimed she could do a better job, and we entirely believe her. However, the Hall of Fame inductees and the hosts soundly ignored the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion in WWE history.

She then interrupted Michael Cole and the commentators, who were about to introduce the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees. Instead of Greg Hamilton, we had Bayley bring out the Hall of Fame inductees video package, which was a great surprise.

On Night 2, Bayley once again interrupted the hosts while they made their vote of thanks. She admonished Titus and Hogan for not thanking her and not appreciating her role in carrying the hosting duties on her shoulders.

Her appearance brought out the Bella Twins, 2020 Hall of Fame inductees. However, they received a verbal lashing from Bayley who roasted them.

Bayley claimed they both looked like Elmo, and told Nikki, “John Cena isn’t here.” This led to her getting beaten by Nikki and Brie to boos from the live crowd.

What’s next for her?

Missing out on WrestleMania is undoubtedly a blow to Bayley. While it may not have done much damage to her career, she has cooled off a lot since she lost the SmackDown Women’s Title. Even her rivalry with Bianca Belair did not yield the best results.

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With Bianca Belair winning the SmackDown Women’s Title at WrestleMania, Bayley can be a potential challenger for her at the next PPV. WWE announced WrestleMania Backlash as the next PPV following the Show of Shows.

Belair vs Bayley with the title on the line would be a brilliant match, and one that will cement Bianca’s name as a household name on SmackDown. Just like she gave Bianca a rub by putting her over before the Royal Rumble, a post WrestleMania rub would greatly benefit Belair.

If SmackDown isn’t welcome for the former champion anymore, she can always bring her talents to Monday Night Raw.

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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