Bayley’s heel turn has been met with a lot of praise from fans and wrestlers alike. She is far different from what she was as a babyface. She also topped the PWI Top 100 Women’s Wrestlers list this year.
Bayley spoke to the PWI Podcast, where she talked about her heel character. She said that once Vince McMahon gave his blessing to turn heel she knew it would work out. She added that she was motivated by people who continued to not believe in her as she underwent a big change in character.
“Everyone second-guessed things, especially for me because I was doing that Bayley character for 7 years and it brought me so much success. It brought me championships and brought me to the WWE, but it was not something I wanted to do forever. I want to experience everything in my career. I want to ride the wave and do all sorts of things. I knew I couldn’t do it being that one character. Honestly, once I had the company’s blessing and Vince’s blessing, I knew I had to make it work. I had to make it work because it was my decision. If I failed then I failed myself and I failed the company. I definitely think people not believing in me helps because you love to prove people wrong. It helps on screen as well because then I’m not doing it for them, I’m doing it for me.”
Bayley will be defending her Smackdown Women’s Title against Sasha Banks at WWE Hell In A Cell this month.