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Alexa Bliss def. Bayley to become the new Raw Women's Champion

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Alexa Bliss had her eyes on making a huge statement to the Raw Women’s division after joining the roster as a result of the Superstar Shake-up. In front of Bayley’s hometown, Bliss succeeded, dethroning the champion to usher in her reign of wickedness.

Bayley had 25 friends and family members in the sold-out crowd at the SAP Center, but the homefield advantage couldn’t halt the Ohio-born-and-bred Bliss.

The Huggable One showed a ruthless side early on, repeatedly smacking her challenger into the top turnbuckle. After Bliss gained an early edge, Bayley took full advantage of a moment of arrogance as The Wicked Witch of WWE stood on the outside for a count of eight, taunting the champion all the while. Bliss showed why she’s a former SmackDown Women’s Champion, though, staying alive by expertly countering a Bayley-to-Belly to throw the champion into the turnbuckle.

At WWE Payback 2017, Alexa Bliss disorients Raw Women's Champion Bayley by ferociously whipping her into the turnbuckle. Courtesy of WWE Network.

Bayley connected with a Randy Savage–inspired top-rope elbow, but the challenger still would not stay down for the count. Frustration then set in for Bayley, giving Little Miss Bliss the perfect opening to toss her opponent face-first into the steel post and drive her into the mat for a decisive DDT.

Bliss played spoiler for the defending champion, and with that came the spoils of being the first Superstar to have reigns with both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championships.