Bayley’s character flirted with the dark side before, but she never went full heel. Then she debuted a new look and murdered her Bayley Buddies for good measure.
Bayley recently opened up about her heel turn on Booker T’s Hall of Fame podcast. It was a long time coming and she wanted to do something different. It also doesn’t hurt that being a heel is a bit easier because sometimes it can be a task to get fans to rally for you.
“It’s been weird for me because I did the same thing for seven years, the same character, and built this fan base for so long. The whole (time), especially towards the end, I was like, ‘I just want to do something different.”
“I want to be bad, I want to be mean. It’ll be easier, I know exactly what I would do, how I would act, how I would talk.’ Then, I get here and I’m like ‘Uhhh, what the hell am I doing? Now what? “It’s all a learning process, but it’s fun. In my career, I want to be able to do everything and go through all the different avenues and the humps and waves. I don’t want to just stay on the same road the whole time.”
When asked whose idea it was for her to make the heel turn, she credited creative. She also had her own say in things and always wanted to turn heel anyway. When the perfect opportunity presented itself she took it.
“It was a little bit of both (between me and creative). I’ve always had, in the back of my mind, if the time would come or the opportunity arose, how I could go about it.”
Bayley is still SmackDown Women’s Champion and defending her title as a heel. Her next opponent seems to be a recently turned Lacey Evans. As The Hugger and The Lady Of WWE have seemingly switched positions on the roster it will be interesting to see what’s next.
Thanks to Fightful for the quote