Alexa Bliss discusses using the microphone to get over.
Due to injuries over the last year, Alexa Bliss hasn't gotten in the ring as much as she may have hoped. But she's remained a featured player on television due to her ability on the microphone. Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Bliss discussed her journey to becoming one of the top stars in WWE.
“I did it my way, and I couldn’t ask for anything better,” said Bliss. “I knew what I was getting into when I joined WWE. There were girls who wrestled on the independent circuit, there were girls who were generational, and I came not really knowing anything. I remember telling my mom, ‘These girls are so good, I don’t think I can make.’ I knew I’d be an underwhelming draft pick to SmackDown [in 2016]; I wasn’t [one of the] Four Horsewoman, I wasn’t given the opportunity to have a TakeOver match, I’d never held a title. Being smaller in stature, especially at the start of our Women’s Revolution, I’ve worked extremely hard over these past three years. I went into my first WrestleMania as SmackDown women’s champion and my second WrestleMania as Raw women’s champion. It’s been a very fun journey, and I’m still enjoying the ride.”
Bliss continued, discussing how she's used the microphone to improve her standing in the company when she hasn't been able to compete in the ring.
“When I first got onto SmackDown, I remember being so nervous. In WWE, if you’re given an opportunity but you don’t deliver, that opportunity may never come back," said Bliss. "I remember my very first promo on SmackDown, and I remember knowing I had to deliver. The microphone has been my saving grace throughout my career, giving me opportunities like hosting WrestleMania. This is coming from the same person who cried in her first promo class at NXT. Dusty Rhodes and Ryan Katz helped enable me to do this, and I’m very grateful for my time with NXT.”
Bliss didn't wrestle at WrestleMania 35 but was still a big part of the show as the host of the event. She has been more active in the ring as of late, including picking up a victory over Bayley on Raw the night after WrestleMania.