Bayley was a kind of WWE superstars who followers had a tough time imagining as a heel. When she made her identify in NXT, she was arguably the most important babyface on the model. Whereas followers additionally assumed that her success in NXT would translate to success on the primary roster, they have been definitely unaware of how lengthy it might take and the highway that Bayley must undergo to make the historical past that she has made.
With solely the Ladies’s Royal Rumble left to win, Bayley has achieved just about each doable accolade for a girl in WWE. Most not too long ago, she accomplished a full calendar yr as SmackDown Ladies’s Champion – a feat that hasn’t been completed earlier than on the blue model.
Bayley additionally grew to become the #1 ranked feminine on Professional Wrestling Illustrated (PWI). On The PWI Podcast, Bayley addressed her heel flip, revealing that she wished to expertise numerous issues in her profession. Whereas admitting that it was her concept to show heel, she mentioned that she had the blessing of Vince McMahon (H/T Wrestlingnews.co):
“Sure, for positive. Everybody second-guessed issues, particularly for me as a result of I used to be doing that Bayley character for 7 years and it introduced me a lot success. It introduced me championships and introduced me to the WWE, however it was not one thing I wished to do eternally. I wish to expertise all the pieces in my profession. I wish to trip the wave and do all kinds of issues. I knew I couldn’t do it being that one character. Truthfully, as soon as I had the corporate’s blessing and Vince’s blessing, I knew I needed to make it work. I needed to make it work as a result of it was my choice. If I failed then I failed myself and I failed the corporate. I positively suppose individuals not believing in me helps since you like to show individuals improper. It helps on display screen as properly as a result of then I’m not doing it for them, I’m doing it for me.”
Why Bayley desperately wanted a personality change
Bayley could have been discovering success as a babyface once more after two forgettable years from post-WrestleMania 2017 till Cash within the Financial institution 2019. MITB 2019 can be the turning level of her profession, the place it appeared like all of the harm completed to her character had been revived.
Even nonetheless, no person anticipated that she would flip heel, and as soon as she did that, she took her profession to an entire new stage. It could be unlikely that she would have discovered the identical success this previous yr as the identical vanilla babyface character.
It goes to indicate how a lot change is required in WWE and Bayley was sensible sufficient to understand that she wasn’t going to get far with the identical character. She enters Hell in a Cell for the primary time in her profession on October twenty fifth when she takes on Sasha Banks for the SmackDown Ladies’s Championship.
Will probably be the primary time in a yr the place Bayley will probably be anticipated to lose the title.
Printed 19 Oct 2020, 06:38 IST