Pamela Rose Martinez is a 34-year-old professional wrestler from Newark, California. She is signed with the WWE and performs on SmackDown under the ring name, Bayley.
Martinez had been a wrestling fan since childhood. At the age of 11, she started attending shows by Big Time Wrestling. When she turned 18, she started her professional wrestling career by attending Big Time Wrestling’s training classes and made her in-ring debut in 2008 under the ring name, Davina Rose.
From 2008 to 2012, she wrestled on the American independent circuit for promotions including NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, Pro Wrestling Destination, Shine Wrestling, and Shimmer Women Athletes.
Bayley’s WWE Contract
In December 2012, Martinez signed with WWE and had her first televised NXT match on March 20, 2013 losing against Paige. She competed in June in a tournament to crown the NXT Women’s Championship but was eliminated in the first round by Alicia Fox. On August 21, she challenged AJ Lee to the Divas Championship but failed to capture the title.
In May 2014, Bayley defeated Sasha Banks to become the number one contender to Charlotte Flair’s NXT Women’s Championship but she was unsuccessful in capturing the title at NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way. She began feuding with Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks and then formed an alliance with former rival, Charlotte, to continue feuding with Lynch and Banks.
In August 2015, after defeating Charlotte Flair, Bayley beat Becky Lynch to become the new number one contender for the NXT Women’s Championship. At NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, Bayley defeated Sasha Banks to win the NXT Women’s Championship for the first time. Bayley’s reign lasted 222 days before being defeated by Asuka at NXT TakeOver: Dallas on April 1, 2016.
Bayley’s Main Roster Debut
Bayley failed to regain the championship in the coming months and had her last match on NXT on August 20, 2016. She made her WWE main roster and pay-per-view debut at Battleground as Sasha Banks’ mystery tag team partner. Together, they defeated Charlotte Flair and Dana Brooke. Bayley then challenged Charlotte to the RAW Women’s Championship but was unsuccessful throughout 2016.
In February 2017, Bayley finally defeated Charlotte and became the WWE RAW Women’s Championship. At WrestleMania 33, she retained the title against Charlotte, Banks and Nia Jax in a fatal four-way elimination match. Her reign lasted 76 days and ended at Payback when she lost to Alexa Bliss.
At the WrestleMania 34 kickoff show, Bayley competed in the inaugural WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal and was the last woman eliminated from the match by its winner, Naomi. Throughout 2018, Bayley and Sasha Banks continued their feud but reconciled and created a tag team.
Bayley & Banks Win Tag Team Gold
At the 2019 Elimination Chamber, Bayley and Sasha Banks won the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship in a six team Elimination match. They lost the titles at WrestleMania 35 to the Ilconics. In 2019, Bayley was drafted to SmackDown as part of the Superstar Shake-up causing her to disband from Sasha Banks who remained on RAW.
At Money in the Bank, Bayley won the Women’s Money in the Bank title match. This granted her a women’s championship match at any time of her choosing. Later that night, she chose to cash in the contract and defeated Charlotte Flair to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship for the first time. Her reign lasted 140 days. Bayley lost the title at Hell in a Cell to Charlotte. On October 11, Bayley defeated Charlotte to regain her championship.
Bayley’s SmackDown Championship
Bayley defended her title successfully for the rest of 2019 and throughout 2020 at various pay-per-view events. She became a double champion in June when she and Sasha Banks defeated Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross to win the Women’s Tag Team Championship for the second time.
Bayley and Banks’ title reign came to an end at PayBack. They lost the titles to the newly formed team of Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. They then failed to regain their titles the following night on SmackDown and ended up disbanding after Bayley turned on Banks.
At Hell In A Cell on October 25th, 2020, she lost the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Sasha Banks. Her reign lasted 380 days. On the October 30 episode of SmackDown, Bayley challenged Banks to a title rematch. Sasha Banks accepted and had their re-match on the following SmackDown with Banks coming out on top.
At Survivor Series, she was the self-appointed captain of team SmackDown before she was eliminated by Peyton Royce. She then began a feud with Bianca Belair after defeating her in a match on the December 18th episode of SmackDown. She lost six weeks later on the January 29 episode of SmackDown.
Bayley’s Various Feuds
Bayley entered the 2021 Royal Rumble as entrant number one, but was eliminated by the eventual winner, Bianca Belair. Despite not winning the Royal Rumble, Bayley went on to defeat two members of the Riott Squad on the February 5 and 12 episodes of SmackDown, respectively.
On Night 2 of WrestleMania 37, Bayley came out and started insulting the hosts Hulk Hogan and Titus O’Neil, accusing the legends of disrespect, only to get beaten up by The Bella Twins. The following months she faced the SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair at WrestleMania Backlash and in a Hell in a Cell. She was booked to face Belair again at Money in the Bank. But on July 9th, WWE announced that Bayley suffered a torn ACL. This injury occurred during her training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. Bayley has since been sidelined from WWE due to the ACL injury.
Bayley’s Return from Injury
At SummerSlam 2022, Bayley returned after a year out of action, forming an alliance with Iyo Sky (formerly known as Io Shirai) and Dakota Kai. They confronted Bianca Belair after her Raw Women’s Championship defense against Becky Lynch, resuming their feud and moving Bayley back to the RAW brand.
On the August 8th episode of RAW, they challenged Belair, Alexa Bliss, and Asuka to a six-woman tag team match at Clash at the Castle, which they accepted. At the event on September 3rd, Bayley, Kai and Sky, under the name Damage CTRL, defeated Belair, Bliss and Asuka. On the September 26th episode of RAW Bayley challenged Belair to a ladder match for the RAW Women’s Championship at Extreme Rules, which she accepted.
At Extreme Rules on October 8th, Bayley failed to win the title. At Crown Jewel on November 5, Bayley failed to win the title in a Last Woman Standing match. Three weeks later At Survivor Series WarGames on November 26, Damage CTRL competed in a WarGames match, teaming with Nikki Cross and Rhea Ripley. They battled Bianca Belair, Bliss, Asuka, Mia Yim and Becky Lynch but lost when Lynch pinned Kai after a diving leg drop from the top of the cage through a table.
At the 2023 Royal Rumble in January, Bayley entered the Women’s Royal Rumble match as entrant number six. She eliminated five women including Lynch before being eliminated by Liv Morgan. As part of the 2023 WWE Draft, Bayley, along with stablemates Dakota Kai and IYO SKY, was drafted to the SmackDown brand.SHOW LESS
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- NXT Women’s Championship (1 time)
- WWE Raw Women’s Championship (1 time)
- SmackDown Women’s Championship (2 times)
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship (2 times) (Inaugural)