When Vince McMahon’s WWE retirement was announced back in July, it brought with it a lot of excitement and optimism, both from fans and those within the company.
The excitement comes from those in WWE who worked with Triple H back in their days in NXT now once again working with him on the WWE main roster.
Two of those names are Raw stars Finn Balor and Bayley, who were both champions at the same time in NXT from 2015 – 2016, Balor capturing the NXT Championship at Beast in the East against Kevin Owens, while Bayley defeated Sasha Banks for the NXT Women’s Championship in their historic match at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn.
Bayley recently spoke to the Five Count, where she discussed Vince McMahon’s retirement and her reaction to the change in regime. Bayley said that it feels weird, but everyone has extra spunk about them because it’s such a different environment.
“It’s still so weird to me, when the news broke that he [Vince McMahon] was retiring, I was just in shock and it felt like we needed to…’do we party or sit around and sit in our feelings and feel weird?’ It was such a strange feeling. It’s still talked about backstage how different things are. Not worse or better, just super different. Fortunately, for me, I’ve worked with Triple H for years since being in NXT and we have such a great relationship and he understands what I’ve been through and where I want to go and how I view my character and things like that. In that sense, it’s been so awesome. I can see a shift, it’s kinda like a new relationship, is how everybody feels. Everybody has a little extra spunk in them because it’s different,”
Bayley continued on, recalling a moment when she and Finn Balor were talking with Triple H, and how it felt like it was ‘seven years ago’ again.
“I was talking to Finn Balor backstage and Triple H just walked by and was like, ‘Hey guys, what’s up?’ We were like, ‘Isn’t this so weird? It feels like seven years ago again,’ especially with Finn because he and I were champions at the same time in NXT and Hunter was very hands-on and having him there again feels like Twilight Zone.”
Bayley is set to challenge Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship in a Ladder match at the upcoming WWE Extreme Rules event on October 8.
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