On the Spot With: Bayley
Total Wrestling Magazine|December 2016

On the Spot With: Bayley

George Tahinos

Starting her professional career in 2008 at age 18, it wasn’t long, four years to be precise, before Bayley, real name Pamela Rose Martinez was snapped up by WWE. The company immediately slotted her onto their NXT brand, debuting in early 2013 under a mask. Since then, the 27 year old has been riding a wave of momentum and gained a legion of dedicated fans along the way.

Some iconic battles with Sasha Banks and more recently Asuka saw the former NXT women’s champion gain a call-up to WWE’s Raw brand in July.

Total Wrestling managed to catch up with Bayley amidst a busy UK tour to ask her about women’s wrestling, how things have changed in her life since being called up to Raw and advice for youngsters looking to become a professional wrestler.

Total Wrestling: It’s been a long process with you getting onto the main roster. How are you finding it?

Bayley: It’s tough but it’s all worth it. It’s been a long road for me coming from NXT. I’ve been with NXT for almost four years, and just getting to WWE and now being able to travel with them; I kind of have to make new friends and get hotel rooms, and travel in different cities every single night. It’s very different, but it’s so much fun. All the hard work that I had with NXT has prepared me for this.

Were there any points you got really frustrated waiting to be called up and it just wasn’t happening?

There were times yes, but I think I was very lucky to be there. Even when Sasha [Banks], Charlotte [Flair] and Becky [Lynch] were called to WWE, and I spent another year there, I think looking back now I had learned the most because I was really on my own and then having to work with all sorts of different levels of women, it kind of groomed me to this.

And you mentioned Charlotte and Sasha there. They recently had their main event Hell in a Cell match. It’s just fantastic for women’s wrestling isn’t it?

It’s something that we wanted from the very beginning when we all met. It has been the common goal to make Women’s wrestling as big as we possibly could, even bigger than it used to be when we grew up watching it. I think we’re doing an incredible job with it.

What were your thoughts on the match itself?

They exceeded all my expectations. I knew it was going to be amazing, and scary and dangerous. They were going to do whatever it took to steal the show but I just didn’t expect to see the things that I saw. I was so nervous for them leading up to it. I always say Sasha is like a sister to me and I would always say to her to be careful out there. It was pretty intense and I was so happy to be there.

With the hectic lifestyle of a WWE superstar on the road I guess it can sometimes be difficult to remain positive. So how do you manage to keep yourself positive?

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