Bayley is one of WWE’s top female competitors and she was known for her babyface character for many years. She recently turned heel and that got her back to main event status. She spent a majority of her career known as ‘The huggable one’ and was extremely popular with the kids.
However, WWE decided to change her character and make her turn heel. The fans responded positively to this change but it came as a shock.
Bayley on Turning Heel after Spending Years as a Babyface
Bayley herself admitted that it was extremely difficult for her to go from a babyface character to a heel character as she was simply not used to saying mean stuff.
She said that during an interview with Table Talk. "It was hard. I thought of being this character and not having to be this hugger anymore, not having to be so happy all the time. I thought it was going to help me conserve my energy and not have to turn it on so much every night.
After a while, it gets a little tough," admitted Bayley. "You have to give it 200 per cent when you're known as this happy, bubbly character. It's just as hard; it's just as hard to try to change my whole personality and try to be mad all the time.
Luckily, before the whole pandemic happened, I was able to get in some runs on live events, on tours for practice. It was harder than I thought it was going to be. Now, it's so much fun. I think my niche in it, find my piece of personality, be able to use that, and make that bigger."
Bayley was also asked whether she prefers being a heel or a babyface. Many wrestlers prefer being a heel as it is simply more fun. However, Bayley has difficulty deciding which role she prefers. "I was really lucky because being a good guy, to me, is so hard.
It's so hard to get people to like you, so hard to get people to cheer for you," stated Bayley. "I was just able to connect at a very early age in my career, connect with the fans and connect with a lot of kids.
Even with grown men, I think they just love the fact that I was just a dork that had a side ponytail. They thought it was funny to wear a shirt that said, 'I'm a hugger.' So, I was so lucky in that sense. I think that's why a lot of people thought it was going to be difficult for me to make that switch.
I did too, but luckily, I was able to overcome that challenge. I think I'm still in the process of it all, but it's been a fun game to play, I guess."