WWE NXT star Bayley appeared on AfterBuzz TV’s NXT review show for May 13 as a phone-in guest, talking wrestling with Mark Donica, Cathy Kelley and Boxcar Superstar The Hobo.
She discussed why she likes teaming with Charlotte, who she’ll be paired with at “NXT Takeover: Unstoppable” in a match against Dana Brooke and Emma, as well as what she wants her legacy to be upon jumping to the main roster.
AfterBuzz TV: How is it different working with with Sara Del Rey versus working with male trainers and how do you think she’s changed the women’s division down at NXT?
Bayley: I’ve trained with men before I got here and now training with Sara…Sara understand the women’s side of you too…It’s always been kind of a dream to train with Sara Del Rey. Even before I got here, before Sara was the trainer, I remember emailing her, wanting to move actually to Philly, wanting to move to wherever she was to train under her wing and learn from her. It’s really cool that now I do.
ABTV: How did you get your start in wrestling?
Bayley: There was this whole promotion by my house, it was called Big Time Wrestling in Newark, California. I started going to their shows when I was 13…I would go to every single one of them. I knew once I turned 18, because that was their age limit, I wanted to start training with them. So I showed up and the promoter [Jason Styles] because I actually got close to him throughout the years, the promoter actually sat down with me and called my mom and asked her if it was okay, “So I have Bayley here with me and she wants to start training. Does she have your permission?” And she’s like, “Well it scares me but she’s right there in front of you and I’m going to support her the rest of the way.” I was the only girl in the class, I started with four other guys, but within a month they were gone. So I had been the only girl for such a long time.
ABTV: Say you debut on Monday on the main roster on RAW…From that day forward what do you want your legacy in the WWE to be?
Bayley: This started as I was a kid, since I started training. The thing I want out of it is for women’s wrestling to be looked at in a whole other way. I want us to be able to main event pay per views. I want people to buy tickets to come see us. I want them to buy a ticket and say, “I want to see Sasha Banks, Charlotte, Becky, Bayley, everybody.” I want them to buy tickets to see us. But the main thing, and I think all of us here, we just want the girls in the crowd, the kids to feel motivated or inspired to do whatever they want to do. It doesn’t have to be wrestling.
ABTV: You and Charlotte are teaming up at Takeover: Unstoppable against Dana Brooke and Emma. Why do you like working with Charlotte?
Bayley: I mean Charlotte is amazing. Who wouldn’t want to team up with Charlotte. I’ve been in so many battles with her, so I know what it’s like to be against her, because I’ve failed so many times. One day I will beat her. I know what a great competitor she is…she’s a Flair. We have a really good chemistry together, no matter if we’re against each other in the ring or if we’re teaming up together, we just have a really good bond.
The full interview is available here.