Since Payback on April 30, when she lost her title to Alexa Bliss in her hometown of San Jose, Bayley has been in a bit of a rough patch. Throughout May, she was presented as too principled to use a stick as a weapon, and lost her rematch to Bliss at Extreme Rules on June 4th in a bit of a squash. After that, she was flat-out absent from Raw for a week, then had a weird interview with Corey Graves that ended with an awkward hug. This past week, she was the first entrant in the First-Ever Women's Gauntlet Match for the #1 Contendership, and immediately lost to Nia Jax.
Suffice it to say, things don't look so great for everyone's favorite Hugger, and she talked about it with Stone Cold Steve Austin.
She hearkened back to a simpler, better time for her, when she was in NXT as the beloved, super-over white meat babyface, champion of children and man-children everywhere. It hasn't been as rosy on the main roster.
"With NXT I felt I could do anything. I knew exactly what they wanted and how they were going to react to me and my opponent, no matter who it was. I knew what they can do to get a reaction and what I can do to get sympathy or anything. But with this crowd I'm still kind of figuring them out with WWE.
I think it has a lot to do with, I don't know, in this day and age the crowds are... it's so different than back then and they all want to cheer for the wrong person or they're on their Twitter. That can mess with your head too, just reading tweets and people telling you this and you start to believe it. And you're like 'wait...' I've had to stay off Twitter before for a while because that can definitely mess with your head. I've seen it happen to people and I hear people talk about it. It shouldn't matter because we're doing our job and what we're told to do and what we love.
But I'm still kind of figuring them out. I feel right now I'm kind of in a weird spot with my career. So when I first came I felt like “Alright, I'm still from NXT.” I felt like I knew exactly what I was doing. But now I'm just... you know how we were talking a couple months ago and you were helping me out with matches and stuff and how I need to go about certain things, I'm still figuring it out.
I'm at a weird spot right now."
Aw, don't you just want to hug her after reading that?
But don't feel too bad for Bayley. She's going to be fine. She already knows how she's going to do her inevitable heel turn, based off one of the greats, none other than Eddie Guerrero.
"As far as wrestling and stuff, and him being amazing and being able to do it all, literally one of the guys that can do it all, I remember watching him -- this was like a couple years ago, so I was already here -- and I was watching his old matches in WCW when he was just a heel coming out with his hair soaking wet. He looked miserable!
You don't get that anymore out of heels being like coming out like they're completely miserable and that makes you like... “Gah, dude, if you don't want to be here just don't come then!” That's how I felt watching him. It's like, “Why are you even doing this if you don't even want to do it?”
And then he'd get into the ring and be so nasty and just have that look of like disgust and he was too good for it all. I don't know, it was something about that, like, I always told myself too if I were to ever be heel I want to make myself so miserable because that's one of the most hateable things, I think."
It's iron clad. Let's just see if they let her do it.
Or, you know, they could do that rumored bit where she's never kissed a boy and she's a great big loser and we should all laugh at her. You know, to get her over with the crowd.
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