WWE's Bayley Retains SmackDown Women's Championship at Clash of Champions

Charlotte Flair ended up inadvertently helping Bayley when she and Lacey Evans took the SmackDown Championship from Becky Lynch, as Bayley made the save, knocked out Charlotte, and then cashed in her Money in the Bank briefcase to take the Championship for herself. Since then the two superstars have faced off several times, and with the belt on the line at WWE's Clash of Champions, Bayley has claimed victory as the SmackDown Women's Champion.

The match had both superstars doling out some big punishment, and it makes sense, as Charlotte wants to take back that top spot and Bayley isn't keen on losing it. Early on it was all Charlotte, right from the bell with a huge kick to the face. Then it was more Charlotte with huge chops, suplexes, and kicks to Bayley.

It looks pretty grim for Bayley for a while, as every time Bayley would try and counter a move Charlotte would hit more big offense. After Charlotte kicked Bayley into the turnbuckle Bayley just laid there for a minute, but during that time Bayley was undoing the turnbuckle pad to expose it, and when Charlotte charged she hit the exposed turnbuckle, allowing Bayley to get the pin and run back stage.

The leadup to Clash of Champions has seen a new Bayley enter the spotlight, a ruthless version of the superstar that first manifested when Sasha Banks made her big return to the ring. She proceeded to lay out Becky Lynch with a chair, but she also made an impact on Charlotte before all was said and done.

Recently Charlotte challenged Bayley to the match at Clash of Champions, and while Bayley accepted, she also sent Charlotte through a table in the same segment, giving her a glimpse of what was to come.

You can check out the full Clash of Champions card below.

Universal Championship Match
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Braun Strowman

WWE Championship Match
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton

Raw Women’s Championship Match
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha Banks

SmackDown Women’s Championship Match
Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan

Raw Tag Team Championship Match
Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode

United States Championship Match
AJ Styles (c) vs. Cedric Alexander

Intercontinental Championship Match
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. The Miz

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day (c) vs. The Revival

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (c) vs. Fire & Desire

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WWE Cruiserweight Championship Triple Threat Match
Drew Gulak (c) vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Lince Dorado

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