Pamela Rose Martinez is a 33-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. Bayley made her WWE main roster and pay-per-view debut at Battleground as Sasha Banks’ mystery tag team partner. They defeated Charlotte Flair and Dana Brooke. Bayley 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 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.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
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 granting 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 until she lost the title at Hell in a Cell to Charlotte. On October 11, Bayley defeated Charlotte to regain her championship.
Bayley defended her title successfully for the rest of 2019 and throughout 2020 at various pay-per-view events and from different challengers including Naomi, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans and Tamina. 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 when they lost the titles to the newly formed team of Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. They 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, Bayley lost the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Sasha Banks.
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)