BAYLEY: So we’re talking about women’s wrestling?
WWE.COM: Yeah. It’s a pretty big time for women’s wrestling, don’t you think?
BAYLEY: I didn’t even know that! Oh my God!
BAYLEY: I want people to buy tickets to see us. People want to see John Cena, they want to see all these guys, but I want people to buy tickets because they want to see the girls and they’re looking forward to the Divas matches. There are two women’s matches at TakeOver for a reason. It’s not just like, “give it to them,” and it’s a short time. It’s a two-hour pay-per-view. It’s hard enough to just get one match on any wrestling show for women. Two? That’s freakin’ awesome, and we’re all involved in it and we’re all so supportive of each other. It’s freakin’ cool.
WWE.COM: How often does Triple H comment on what you guys do? Does he ever give you guidance or does he let you do your own thing?
BAYLEY: He’s amazing. He’s like a papa.
BAYLEY AND SASHA:Awww.
BAYLEY: To all four of us, right before we went out. And at the first show in Columbus, Ohio, that was our first NXT show outside Florida, and he had everyone together, all the Superstars and Divas. He said, “We’re gonna show everyone why NXT is so special.” And he said, “We’re gonna show everyone why we’re revolutionizing women’s wrestling.” And for him to say that in front of everybody in the meeting right before one of the biggest shows we’ve ever had is like, “Man, he believes in us.” Individually, he just shows so much interest in each person. Each woman.
BAYLEY: He cares.
BAYLEY: And he gets in the ring with us and helps us. He’s got a million things to do but he shows us how we could be better. It’s amazing.
BAYLEY: The Game!
WWE.COM: Do you think of this as a revolution, or is it just going out and doing your job?
BAYLEY: I’m talking way too much, but this is really fun. I was thinking about it on the plane, I think since we’re so in it, we can’t really take a step back and realize that we’re part of it because we’re just doing it. But remember in Daytona, Fla., there was this fan named Megan who loves Becky. She loves her, like she was in tears, she loves her so much. But she had all these signs for all of us. And Sasha said, “That’s how we used to be!”
BAYLEY: We were Megan! We were all Megan at some point, but now we’re the Lita to the Megan, or to the Bayley, you know? It’s crazy. [Sighs] Never thought that would happen.
WWE.COM: Were you worried you’d initially be judged purely on your looks, or at least on different merits than the Superstars?
BAYLEY: Yeah, it was, super,super different. I never really felt like I would fit in, just because I was honestly all about wrestling, which, I know all of us are. That’s why we get along so well. But it’s really weird. Even two years ago, how it used to be compared to now is so different. I don’t even know how to explain it.
BAYLEY: It’s crazy, because when Emma and Paige were at the top of the game, running the Divas division in NXT at the first pay-per-view, they had their title match. I remember watching it and just thinking, “Dang, I wanna be in that spot someday,” because everybody loved them. And they helped me, and they built this division because that match was so awesome, and it just keeps getting better and better. Now there’s us and there’s our group, because we came together and we’re doing this together and having freakin’ historic matches, but we also have the other up-and-coming girls that are just as good. It’s just going to keep going and going, and as long as we keep passing on the good vibes and they see us working hard, they’re gonna keep working hard. It’s like a cycle and it’s gonna be never-ending, good women’s wrestling. That’s what we want. We just want a path to keep going higher and higher and making it so amazing!
BAYLEY: They’re main-eventing in Philly, they’re a main draw, who’s to say there’s not a WWE [live special] soon where we could be main-eventing those?
BAYLEY: I know, we talked about this! We’ve main-evented NXT Live Events!
BAYLEY: Doing it together is what makes it. You know you’re going to be OK if we have each other. It sounds so cheesy, but you know it’s gonna be OK. We can do this.
WWE.COM: It just goes to show, people are putting you on the same level as the men. Is there ever any competition with the guys in the locker room?
BAYLEY: I don’t know …
BAYLEY: You know what? I feel like they kind of cling to us more.
BAYLEY: I think NXT as a whole is kind of like a family, so we’re not competitive. We’re supportive. It’s like she was saying, you have Tyler Breeze come up to you after a match and tell you just the littlest things he liked about it, you feel so cool. You feel the love.
WWE.COM: Is this whole growth of the women’s division something Triple H wanted from the beginning, or did it just happen on its own?
BAYLEY: It demanded the attention. It just kind of happened naturally and we just went with it.
WWE.COM: But to that point, being allowed to be yourselves does seem to help with how you perform and connect with the audience
BAYLEY: You were asking us earlier if we thought we were going to fit into the mold. When I got here, I felt like I had to be a certain way, so I tried to be this Diva.
BAYLEY: It just wasn’t working out and it wasn’t getting me anywhere. And then I just, somehow, turned into myself, and I’m just myself, and that’s what’s making me successful and that’s what’s working for all of us. We’re just ourselves and we’re just doing what we believe in and that’s what’s working.
BAYLEY: Deep down inside, she really thinks that about herself.
BAYLEY: She’s related to Snoop Dogg! [Sasha brushes imaginary dirt off her shoulder] She’s got it in there, she’s related to [“Drop It Like It’s Hot” style] SnoooooooooOOOOP! You have to believe in what you’re doing.
WWE.COM: Why do you think they haven’t seen it before?
BAYLEY: You can’t explain it. When people ask about it, you just can’t explain it. It’s just there. We all have differences or whatever, we come from different places, but once we get together we have one goal. You can see it, and you can feel it.
WWE.COM: Last question: Do you call it Divas wrestling or women’s wrestling?
BAYLEY: That’s what I grew up watching.