WWE can turn a Superstar heel or babyface any way they decide to. If it is too sudden then fans might be a bit confused. That is what happened this week on Friday Night SmackDown.
Dave Meltzer explained during Wrestling Observer Radio that Lacey Evans and Elias both turned babyface on Friday Night SmackDown this week. They were “turns with no turn” meaning that no build was laid down before their turns. They just showed up on screen this week with a different demeanor.
“So the key was that Bayley wouldn’t like attack her. [Lacey Evans] attacked Sasha and Bayley backed off. So like Bayley didn’t help Sasha either so Bayley wouldn’t jump her. The idea was that Bayley was afraid of her, yeah [Lacey Evans] turned. Elias turned with no turn so we’re doing a lot of turns with no turns.”
It makes much more sense that Elias would return to television as a babyface. He sang a song about busting Drake Maverick to his wife Renee Michelle for hitting on Dana Brooke. Meanwhile, Lacey Evans’ babyface turn was a bit more unexpected, but she has been building a rapport with fans for a while now. Apparently, this set her up for a top feud with Bayley and Sasha Banks.
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