When Natalya pinned Shayna Baszler on Friday Evening SmackDown this week my fast response was “why do they preserve reserving Baszler to lose all these singles matches? Looks like lots!”
Then I spotted I wanted to analysis if WWE really has been reserving Baszler to lose loads of singles matches. So it was off to Cagematch.net to take a look at her 2021 singles document.
SmackDown, April 16 – Natalya def. Baszler
SmackDown, April 2 – Natalya def. Baszler
Uncooked, Mar. 29 – Naomi def. Baszler
SmackDown, Mar. 19 – Belair vs. Baszler goes to no contest
Uncooked, Mar. 15 – Asuka def. Baszler
SmackDown, Mar. 5 – Belair def. Baszler
Uncooked, Mar. 1 – Aptitude def. Baszler
Uncooked, Feb. 15 – Baszler def. Lana
Uncooked, Feb. 8 – Naomi def. Baszler
Uncooked, Jan. 25 – Aptitude vs. Baszler goes to no contest
Uncooked, Jan. 18 – Baszler def. Rose
Uncooked, Jan. 4 – Brooke def. Baszler
That’s a 2-8 document with two no contests.
Okay, so how about her tag crew companion, Nia Jax?
SmackDown, April 2 – Tamina def. Jax
SmackDown, Mar. 19 – Banks def. Jax
Uncooked, Mar. 1 – Jax def. Naomi
Uncooked, Feb. 8 – Lana def. Jax
It’s noteworthy that she isn’t being put into practically as many singles matches as Baszler however she’s solely 1-3.
Maybe most notable is that in this identical time span, courting again to the beginning of the 12 months, they’re 12-1 in tag crew matches, and the one loss got here in a six-woman tag match alongside Bayley towards Bianca Belair, Sasha Banks, and Reginald. The champions have been profitable on Uncooked, SmackDown, and even NXT all through their run.
My assumption with all these singles matches going the way in which they’ve is that WWE could be utilizing Baszler’s lack of success as a catalyst for a breakup. Baszler was a prime star as a singles wrestler in NXT and there are many attention-grabbing match-ups for her within the Uncooked ladies’s division. However any trace of a breakup appeared to go away when the champs retained their titles at WrestleMania 37 and Jax has finished nothing however put Baszler over as one of the best companion she may presumably ask for.
Higher collectively, I assume.