Bayley was originally scheduled to face Alexa Bliss Sunday at Extreme Rules in a one-on-one match for the Smackdown women’s championship. Nikki Cross was recently added to the match, however, making the match a 2-on-1 handicap with Bliss and Cross against the champion.
According to a recent report from Wrestling Observer Radio, the reason Cross was added to the match is that Bliss is suffering from a sinus infection.
“Alexa Bliss has a real bad sinus infection. Originally, they were not going to do the handicap match. The handicap match was a late change. Everything that happened on TV Monday and Tuesday, with no Alexa Bliss, was because of her sinus infection. They re-wrote that whole storyline.”
He would continue to say that the reason the Beat the Clock challenge with Bayley and Nikki took place this week week was due to the angle being re-written.
“That’s the reason for it. They just felt that due to the situation they needed to do this.”
lexa Bliss – Head to Head
Alexa Bliss holds the edge in the head-to-head stats between Bayley and her on the main roster. Bliss won 2 singles matches against Bayley (both for the RAW women’s championship) on PPV in 2017. On RAW, they are each 1W-1L against each other, with Bayley winning once in 2017 and Bliss winning on an episode from this April. Bayley got her first PPV single’s victory over Bliss at Stomping Grounds putting their head-to-head single’s record against each other on the main roster at 3-2 in favour of Bliss.
Bayley and Bliss wrestled 3x on NXT, however, and Bayley won all 3 of those matches.
In multi-person matches they’ve both been involved in (not including Royal Rumbles) Bliss is 3-0 against Bayley. Bliss won a Fatal 5-way for the RAW title in 2017, an Elimination Chamber match in 2018 and then the Money in the Bank match in 2018 as well.