Bayley's heel turn in 2019 came as a surprise as she had always been the plucky underdog throughout her WWE career. The turn came while she was working with Charlotte Flair, who is a heel herself and the top female heel in WWE over the past few years.
Speaking to Daily Star, Charlotte weighed in on Bayley's turn and her run.
"I think [having] the opportunity to evolve, and being on camera with her real-life best friend [Banks], and playing off of that, has really given her layers to the character," said Charlotte. "It has been fun to watch, but I do think that when it's the two us, it's very hard to tell that story! It's like 'Am I the bad guy? are you the bad guy?!' But, from afar and as an outsider looking in, it has been great to see her take the ball and run with it, because I don't know that it is a natural fit for her. It is coming across that way and it's great."
Charlotte continued, discussing the challenges of working together when Bayley had first turned. She said, "Before I moved to RAW, we traveled together on live events and tours when they'd just turned her as a bad guy," she went on to reveal. We were like 'well this is a tricky situation!' because I'm like 'what makes me a good guy, just because you turned bad?' Figuring that out together was such a learning experience. She has more experience than I do if you look at the bigger picture, because she had prior work before WWE. But I think what we did, in working together in those first matches, tours and live events... I took that circumstance and she took what she was given.. it was maybe just a good introduction to that. It made us both want to work harder, and now she's [come on] leaps and bounds."
Bayley and Charlotte re-united on a recent episode of WWE SmackDown with Bayley picking up the victory in a Champion vs. Champion match. Bayley continues to thrive as a heel as the reigning SmackDown Women's Champion and newly crowned Women's Tag Team Champion.
As for Charlotte, she is set to defend her NXT Women's Title in a triple threat match against Io Shirai and Rhea Ripley in a triple threat match at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.