Bayley vs Sasha Banks vs Charlotte Flair vs Nia Jax

Raw Women’s Championship Match – WrestleMania 33 (2017)

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Bayley hammers Charlotte in the Fatal 4-Way (Credit: WWE)

One of the first rules of being a journalist is that you never go full fanboy.

Regardless of how highly you rate the work of the person you’re interviewing, how many of their albums you have or how many of their books you’ve read, you should never let the mask of professionalism slip.

But I went full fanboy last year. It was during my journalistic duties and I don’t regret it at all.

To rewind a little: For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted someone to watch wrestling with, someone with which to share those rare magical moments that make your spine tingle or give you that warm glow of satisfaction that makes your eyes fill with water.

When my daughters were born, I brainwashed them with WWE. There’s no better word for it, it was a brainwashing.

Being girls, it was perhaps predictable that the first wrestler they would love would be Bayley, the charismatic underdog who finally had her day at a glorious WrestleMania 33.

Bayley walked into that WrestleMania as champion and walked out of it as champion, and while I live-blogged the event at Sky, my children (incredibly) set their alarm so they could get up and watch her match.

Although we were not together, it felt like we experienced that joy, that extreme feelgood emotion which wrestling provides, at the same time. That we were connected by this event and this performer.

And so, WrestleMania 33 will always be my favourite WrestleMania.

Bayley will probably be my daughters’ favourite wrestler of all time too, and so when I got the chance to meet her in my first week in the role as Sky Sports’ WWE Editor, I didn’t hold back. I went full fanboy.

“You’re the reason my kids love wrestling,” I told her. And it was true. And I will forever be grateful to her.

Jefferson Lake @JeffersonLake

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