WWE NXT’s Bayley talks traveling the road, making the move to the main roster.
Starting her career in Shimmer Wrestling, Bayley has found the fast track to the WWE NXT roster. Winning the NXT Women’s Championship last August at Takeover: Brooklyn, the hugging fanatic is refusing to slow down. Bayley sat down with FanSided to talk her career in NXT, the show traveling all over the world and wanting to get the call to the main roster.
With the NXT roster traveling all over the world, how have you reacted to packing your bags going from just the Performance Center, to all over the United States?
I think it’s great for us. All the crowds are very excited because it’s the first time they are seeing us and it’s that little extra excitement to get the show started. I used to wrestle in Shimmer at the Berwyn Eagles Club and it’s really cool to see where I where I started, to where I am now.
A lot of people have that adjustment period going from the Indies to the WWE. How long did it take for you to adjust to the standards of the WWE?
At first it’s such a different atmosphere. Things are a lot different when I first came into the mix than they are now. We have a few girls from Shimmer and it’s a good mix. Everyone is here to be the best women wrestlers we can be and it really makes us push each other to keep climbing that ladder.
Charlotte has mentioned she wants to get rid of the term “Divas.” Do you think the term “Divas” is outdated and everyone within the division should be referred to as women?
It doesn’t bother me. The only reason personally I would like it to go back to women’s — it’s what I grew up with. I am so used to watching the Women’s Championship being defended and that’s where I come from. It’s not like I don’t like the term Diva, it’s what you make of it. I would like to continue what I have now which is [being] the Women’s Champion.
Starting off in NXT, things were just kind of getting going with the development system. Being part of the revolution what kind of progress have you seen not only in the women but the NXT product as a whole?
It has evolved hugely. I came in with Charlotte, Sasha and Paige so it was a great group of women to be introduced with to the other women already here and I began to learn so much. Before I got here I knew the girls were already amazing and we had the pieces start something special. We had to fight for what it is now and the girls really appreciate what we went through and they realize how much work we have to do. It was fun a few years ago but what we wanted to do and it’s all thanks to the girls that has this drive.
You are at the highest point in NXT and the main roster would be the next level up in your wrestling career. How much does that weigh on your mind day to day knowing you could get the call to come to the main roster at anytime?
I look at it two different ways. Mentally and physically I feel I can make that next step. I think I have done everything I can here in NXT and I do want to test myself on the main roster. I want to be with the girls up there that were in the same place I was.
But the mental side — I am very attached to the NXT product. With all the tours we are doing and all the things that have come our way, it’s very special. I am excited to see what is next for us. Part of me wants to me stay and I would feel left out if I did leave and things are going on here.
But in the end, I love what I’m doing and I will continue to love it no matter where I am.