Bayley is still rolling on as SmackDown Women’s Champion and she’s had the title for over a year now. The blue brand’s Women’s Champion will face Sasha Banks at Hell In A Cell in that dreaded structure, but that is a part of being the champ.
While speaking with Sports Illustrated, Bayley was asked if being a champion during the pandemic is harder. She said it’s all about the work you put into things. Since there are no live crowds anymore she looked to the internet fan base to figure out what they want to see.
It’s the work that goes into it. Right now, I’m doing this interview while eating a Caesar salad on my layover. Fulfilling obligations is a big part of it. Being champion during a pandemic has taken a while to get used to because, for a long time, I wasn’t reading comments on social media. The fan base there can be very different from the fans watching at home or the fans in the crowd. But that’s the only interaction we have now, so I’ve been on my phone figuring out what the fans are into and what they’re enjoying, just so I can go forward. Whatever they want to see, that’s what I’m not going to do. That’s been working for me.
Paying attention to the Internet Wrestling Community isn’t a bad idea. There are times when they are more than just a “vocal minority,” and they express the overall sentiment of the fan base. Bayley was able to look toward social media as a resource during the pandemic. It might benefit others to do the same, especially in Stamford.