The lovable Bayley may be long gone, but there wasn’t a lot of time to start the transition in to the form we know now.
Bayley may now be one of the most despised females in WWE, but it was a fun-loving, hugging character which enamoured the star to the NXT fans when she first broke in to the company, and then continued when she made the move to the main roster.
In a discussion with Ariel Helwani for BT Sport, Bayley has discussed the point the change came about and how she wanted to show her versatility in the wrestling business.
It was all my idea when it first happened. I was in, I don’t know if you remember, it was such a weird time in my career where it wasn’t really going where we all thought it would and I felt the fans turning on me already and just not buying into it. I didn’t want to just kind of coast along. I knew when I joined WWE and when I wanted to be a wrestler, I wanted to be able to do everything. I wanted to be bad, be good, have this match, do, I wanted to do everything and ride that wave of WWE. I felt it was a perfect opportunity.
Continuing on, Bayley spoke about the limited time between the loss which led to her heel turn, and the character transition itself.
The last match I had before the change was, I forgot the pay-per-view, but I lost the championship to Charlotte and then I had to break down and cry. They told me just to throw a fit and cry and cry. I thought it was so strange, but you know, I did it and I just told myself, ‘I can’t come back the same Bayley’. I talked to Vince and I talked to my writers throughout this whole idea of a complete 180 character change. He’s like, ‘Okay, we’re going to do it’, but it was like two days later so I had no time to really figure out what this is going to be. Then we did that change and then it’s just grown throughout the years now that I’ve had time to kind of settle in and see how the fans react to it.
In the interview, Bayley named another former WWE star she had originally wanted to be part of Damage CTRL.
With thanks to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.