Turning heel can be a really big deal if it is something you have never done in your career. Such was the case with Bayley prior to her turn last year. Thankfully, she has more than made the most of it.
During a recent appearance on the New Day Podcast, Bayley called her heel turn the scariest but best decision she has ever made. A bold statement but as far as her main roster career has went, not an untrue one.
“[Turning heel] honestly was the scariest but the best decision that I’ve ever made, and I’m so happy that they allowed me to do that. I just feel like the first seven years of my WWE career, I really dedicated it to the fans, and I gave back to the little kid me and what I wanted and how I believed in my heroes, like I wanted to be that for the kids. But I feel like this end of my career is now just about me, and I’m going to do what I need to do to get to that next level.”
“It just kind of fit perfectly in the crazy, crazy pandemic world that we were living in this past whole year with no fans. It just kind of fit perfectly for me when I finally shut off the fans, I was just like, alright I don’t need you guys anymore, I did what I did for you guys, I did what I could, now I need to focus on me because now I didn’t even have to pay attention to them. I could just focus on me, there was nobody in the arenas. So it just felt like the perfect time and it just kind of worked out for me this year.”
Bayley has spent the majority of the last year and a half as the SmackDown Women’s Champion. Since her heel turn, she has been carrying the SmackDown women’s division both in the ring and as a character. She recently lost her title to Sasha Banks inside Hell in a Cell.