Bayley discusses the transition for her heel turn

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Bayley discusses the transition for her heel turn

In her WWE career, Bayley won the Raw Women's Championship once, twice the SmackDown Women's Championship and twice the Women's Tag Team Championship (with Sasha Banks), while when she fought in the NXT development territory she won the NXT Women's Championship once.

Together with Asuka, she is one of two women to have held all female titles currently in use in WWE. On the April 10 episode of SmackDown, Tamina challenged Bayley to a SmackDown Women's Championship Match. Bayley accepted, but only if Tamina could defeat Sasha Banks the following week.

Tamina beat Banks on the April 17th episode of SmackDown, and a SmackDown Women's Championship match between the two was scheduled for Money in the Bank. At the event, Bayley retained the title after a distraction from Sasha Banks.

On the June 5 episode of SmackDown (taped May 26), Bayley and Banks defeated Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross to win the Women's Tag Team Championships for the second time, which also made Bayley a double champion. Speaking with, Bayley discussed the transition for her heel turn.

Bayley on her heel turn

“It’s been difficult, but the past few months have been very very fun. When it first happened, I didn’t know if I made a huge mistake or if I took the wrong turn in my career. As I started working live events and figuring out who I’m going to be from now on, it kind of woke me up a bit and relit a fire inside of me.

I wanted to be the best in this character. I think in a weird way, this empty arena stuff has really helped my character as far as me not knowing whether the crowd is going to react to it or not. I just had to focus on me and how I wanted to portray myself" - Bayley explained.

"When this first happened I had to, I think it was [WWE’s] Hell in a Cell when I lost the title to Charlotte for like a week or something, and I had to cry and put on this big ol’ scene and cry and blah blah blah.

And I knew I couldn’t come back to being the same Bayley. What, am I going to cry and everything is going to be ok? What would be the point of that? I always had this idea of wanting to be a heel whether people believed I could do it or not because I had this John Cena little-kid run where, no, you’re going to be the same forever.

Cena can do that—he’s awesome, but I don’t want to do that. I want to try different avenues in wrestling as long as I have my career going. It was kind of my idea, I pitched everything I wanted to do and my look and all this stuff and when it was approved I was like, ‘Oh crap. Well, this better work" - she added.