Everyone knew that kind of girl in school, right?
Alexa Bliss spoke to the New York Post over the origin of her character, the personality that developed and how it developed. It dates back to high school:
I remember telling my mom, because my mom used to help me out with my character a lot. I was telling her I want to be that mean girl that everyone knew in high school. Everyone knew that girl. There was always that one girl that was rude that was mean, but everyone still wants to know what’s going on with her. I get a lot of inspiration from a lot of different villains and different movies.
When asked if that's why everyone connected with the Bliss character so quickly, she agreed.
Absolutely, I take inspiration from people who were not nice to me in high school (laughs), try to focus that. I feel like that is something everyone can relate too, even if you were that girl. People knew who that was and how to relate to it.
Concerning her 'Harley Quinn' look, she cites it as being a fan of cosplay. When she, Buddy Murphy and Wesley Blake were a trio back in her NXT days, they tried one outfit that they were never able to use on the road. But Bliss still wanted to get a chance to try it out.
I did a lot of cosplay when I was with (Wesley) Blake and (Buddy) Murphy when I was in NXT. We had a Harley Quinn and Joker trio outfit that we never got to do. I remember saying to (my fiancée) Murphy, ‘I really want to still do this Harley Quinn one’ and he was like ‘you should’. So we worked on the outfit and got it all together.
He actually came up with the pose with the belt (behind my neck and right shoulder), which is funny. That has transitioned into how I hold the title. That was where it came from. It was an idea we had in NXT. Everyone knows I can do the cosplay thing on the main roster. I went for it and it worked out pretty well.
Alexa Bliss has had strong momentum since being called up from NXT, winning both the Smackdown and Raw Women's titles in a one year span.