Former WWE Raw Women’s Champion Bayley recently spoke with Stone Cold Steve Austin on his The Steve Austin Show, and the headlining part of the interview is that Bayley feels her character may need some work.
Here’s what Bayley had to say:
It’s hard to explain. I think I just… I guess it’s just time to evolve. Because I’ve been doing what I’ve been doing for the past four years but you always need to evolve, and I plan on doing this for a really long time. So I know it needs to go in just, like, different directions, maybe a different attitude. I guess I’m coming off my Extreme Rules match with Alexa Bliss where I didn’t use the kendo stick on her, and it’s time for me to evolve and kind of see where else, different avenues I can go as my character, and just try to reach different points and take that next step as Bayley. I don’t know, I kind of feel like I’m in between that right now. I’m still trying to stay who I was and what got me to the dance, that’s what I was always told.
Stone Cold followed up with the question of whether she thinks her change of heart is based on crowd reaction or if her act is getting monotonous. Here’s Bayley’s response:
Yeah, it might be a little bit of both just from the, yeah, crowd response but I also don’t want to completely change who I am just because certainly people may not like who I am.
I don’t even know if it’s just a change of look. Like how we were saying Undertaker just came out as The American Badass, completely different from what he was doing. It’s not necessarily turning from good guy to a bad guy or anything. Even if it was just as simple as taking my ponytail out and just having hair down, or cutting my hair, or having different gear; just something a little different I think I need. That’s just to change my look just to evolve a little bit. And maybe change a little bit of things in the ring.
Okay, so this is gonna sound like I’m a loser, too. One time I was talking to Seth about… it was from when he… cause he was a heel for a long time then he turned baby, and I was watching his matches — I think it was when I just got on the road — and he was just so good at being a babyface already, and he had just been a heel. I asked him, ‘how did you, I know you’ve been doing it for a while already, but how did you just make it seem so easy, the switch and the transition? Because it’s so different.’ And he was like, ‘oh, I just try to be like Stone Cold. Just, I don’t know, just be a badass. Just kick ass.’ I think I need a little bit of that in the ring. And we’ve talked about that, too, about being aggressive, so I don’t know, maybe a combination of more aggression and changing my look a little bit could be cool. That’s just kind of how I’m feeling.”
For obvious reasons, it’s difficult picturing what a “different” Bayley might look and act like. She rose to the top of the NXT women’s ranks as one of the WWE developmental brand’s greatest champions by being the ultimate underdog and innocent champion for little girls.
Bayley is in the midst of a clear slide down the ranks of the WWE Raw women’s division. After dropping the belt to Alexa Bliss shortly after the Superstar Shakeup, Bayley was made to look weak in the Extreme Rules match she referenced and particularly in the last few matches on Raw, including this week when she wasn’t even allowed to finish a tag match with Sasha Banks against Bliss and Nia Jax. She was leveled by Jax out of the ring and was taken backstage, forcing Banks to wrestle in a handicap match.
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