Bayley recently spoke with Sports Illustrated for an interview, during which the WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion spoke at length about finally changing her WWE character and the decision to cut her hair short, this year’s WrestleMania, Sasha Banks, Naomi and more.
Featured below are some of the highlights.
On why she feels her WWE character needed a change: “I wanted a new challenge. I did the same character for so long and the same style of wrestling. At some point, when you’re so familiar, you know what works. You know what’s going to get a reaction and what won’t. And if I stayed the same, I could only work with certain people.”
On the decision to cut her hair short: “I knew how I wanted to look and how I wanted to approach things in my mind, but it turned out to be a lot harder for me than I imagined. Once I got my hair cut the morning of that SmackDown, it was a shock. I needed to get Sasha [Banks] to hold my hand. All I could see were eight inches of hair falling to the floor.
“When I finally looked in the mirror, I couldn’t believe it. I kept asking myself if I made the right decision. It definitely was hard at first, especially for people who were so used to seeing me the way I was before. But I think it’s starting to work now and I’m having fun doing it.”
On a potential WrestleMania match against her former “Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection” tag-team partner Sasha Banks: “If we were put in that position, there is no way we would let that slip through our fingers. I do believe one day we will get the opportunity to have a match at WrestleMania.”
On her close relationship with Banks: “I love this and I work really hard to push myself. But without Sasha, if I didn’t have her, I wouldn’t know which direction to push myself sometimes. She definitely helps keep my head straight. If I believe in something, she’s always supporting me. She’s helped make me into what I am today.”
On how her Saudi Arabia match with Naomi was different than the Natalya vs. Lacey Evans match in Saudi Arabia: “I didn’t know what to expect. Watching Lacey and Nattie’s match from last time, it was a very introductory match for a lot of fans who had never seen women’s wrestling. It was a great introduction to what we do, and I kind of thought that’s how it would go this time.
“I did a lot of research beforehand to see what I was walking into as a female athlete, and I learned that a community all-women’s soccer team just started in Saudi Arabia, which was so cool. And I saw Naomi ‘Feel the Glow’ signs and I saw a ‘I Came for Bayley’ sign. I was in awe they were so excited to see a storyline-driven match.”
On Naomi as an opponent: “I was very proud to be wrestling Naomi. That was our first singles match together, ever. She was a Funkadactyl, she had a WrestleMania match cut, she’s been part of the company for so long. She’s done so much, and sharing that moment with her was very special for me.”
Check out the complete Bayley interview at SI.com.
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