The WWE NXT UK tour arrives in to Cardiff this month and leading the rebellion is a diva and women’s champion Bayley. Earlier this year she made wrestling sports entertainment history with Sasha Banks by becoming the first divas to headline a WWE special event. We caught five minutes with her to ask her a few questions.
What attracted you to wrestling? When did you know it was what you wanted to do?
Well I the first person that attracted me to wrestling was “ Macho Man” watching him make his entrance, it was just something that caught my eye that kind of hooked me in, and as I started watching it, the more women I saw actually doing it made me think wow, I can do this if I wanted to, and then women like Lita, Ivory, Victoria, Molly Holly, those girls, when I saw what they can do, how the crowd was into it, that was when I realised this is what I wanted to do. And Lita was just the hugest inspiration to me because she was so different and just so cool to me!
Is it as hard as it looks?
It’s harder than it looks! When I was a kid, I was like, Man I just have to learn these moves, I just have to be good at these wrestling moves, but there’s so much more that goes into it. The training, and eating right, not sleeping much, and the travel is crazy, just everything behind the scenes that goes into it and the lifestyle, you have to have passion for it, if you want to succeed in it. You can learn all the moves, but there’s so much more in a match that goes into it as well. So there’s so many different factors that you don’t consider as a kid, but it’s definitely worth it!
Do you have a favourite wrestler now?
Yeah, I love watching Seth Rollins, and Cesaro. They are naturally just so amazing to watch. Since I work with her all the time, I’m a huge fan of Sasha Banks because I just know how amazing she is, and I think she’s one of the greatest ever.
How often do you need to train?
Every day! At the performance centre we train every day and we’re just perfecting our craft, learning different things every day, you have to stay in the gym, stay healthy and stay in shape, because sometimes Iron Man matches pop up at you so you always have to be prepared physically.
What’s your most important win so far?
I would say when I won the title, but I actually think the Iron man match was more important because winning the title is one thing, but proving to everybody and Sasha Banks that it wasn’t a fluke and retaining the title was actually more important to me.
Do you hope to inspire more girls into wrestling?
Definitely, that is something that has always been a goal of mine because that’s really what helped me. Watching wrestling I saw all those women that could do it, and how great they were at it, and that was something I always wanted to do, to be able to inspire girls. Especially in such a male dominated sport, the fact that we can also be a huge attraction at main event shows is starting up now. Hopefully girls watching now continue to share the same goals and want to do the same thing with women’s wrestling.
Have you been to Wales before?
I’ve never been to Wales myself, but my Tadcu is Welsh, so I have a little bit of Welsh in me, so I’m actually really excited to go. I told my Grandma about it and she was telling me all these places to go which my Tadcu used to take her all the time. So I’m really excited for my first time in Wales. I’m going to ask her where I should go and check out… if we have the time of course! I think my Tadcu would really appreciate it if I could at least go and see one of the sights in Wales. I’m going to try and make the time.
– Can you name two famous Welsh people?
Can I just say my Tadcu? He’s famous to me!