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LOS ANGELES, CA – WWE Superstar Bayley is the special guest on Lilian Garcia: Making Their Way to the Ring this week, finally addressing her true feelings about not joining the main roster sooner, in an exclusive interview. The loveable hugger also reveals how she, Sasha Banks, Paige and Emma pitched in at the Performance Center, and why she has Jason Jordan to thank for her WWE tryout being a success.
Watch and embed the full episode from AfterBuzz TV here: https://youtu.be/tR4Ey30g01E, or download the podcast version on iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/making-their-way-to-ring-lilian/id1178198030?mt=2.
Highlights from Bayley’s interview are below:
How she got interested in pro wrestling: My dad and my brother, they were always watching it. I was always doing my own thing and I would just pass by the living room and see it on TV, but I didn’t think anything of it. Then one night I passed by and I saw Macho Man, and I was like, oooo he’s cool. He had all these bright colors, I don’t know, something about him. I just stopped and I sat down on the couch, like I’ve never seen this guy. That’s really what hooked me and I kept watching.
Bayley reveals she was bullied as a child: I was really sensitive, because people would say they thought I was a boy, or call me a boy and stuff like that. I always had my hair back and, like I said, baggy clothes. So it was kind of sad. I didn’t know what to do about it, and I didn’t know what I was doing wrong because I was just being me.
On NXT moving to the Performance Center: We put the rings together, which is something that I also love to do because I had to learn that when I first started. The rings that are in the performance center I built them with Sasha, and Paige, and Emma, and all of us literally did it with our hands.
How Jason Jordan helped Bayley at her tryout: I was just so shy, and he’s the one that really was like, come on you gotta show your personality. He was pulling for me because I was the wrestling girl. He was like, show your personality every time we locked up. He’s like, come on, do something, do something. He kept pushing me and pushing me and pushing me and I finally brought out some kind of personality.
Bayley’s feelings on Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Sasha Banks being called up before her: At first it sucked. To be honest, it sucked, because I wanted to go. I wanted that so bad. But when I saw them debut I couldn’t feel anything but happiness for them. I was just excited. I was like, OK we’re going in the right direction. It’s another step in the right direction. Honestly I thought I would be there shortly after with them…I’ll be there in maybe a couple more months and that would be fine, because I was the champion so it was OK. But then it took a whole ‘nother year, and I have to say that it was probably the best year I’ve had in wrestling thus far, because I had to rely on myself.
Check out Lilian Garcia: Making Their Way to the Ring for more from WWE Superstar Bayley!
ABOUT THE SHOW:
For 15 years, Lilian Garcia worked with some of the best athletes in the world, the WWE Superstars. They put their bodies on the line 300+ days a year to entertain us. She loves and respects them so much, yet… she realized she didn’t know anything about them, their lives and the obstacles they broke through to get into professional wrestling! Lilian Garcia: Making Their Way To The Ring is a platform for Superstars, past, present and future, to share their story and the journey of what it takes to be a Superstar in this business. The conversations will be Real, Raw and Inspiring; offering the viewer a genuine connection to the person behind the performer. Lilian Garcia: Making Their Way To The Ring will leave you cheering and rooting for that star’s life and dreams!
ABOUT AFTERBUZZ TV:
With nearly 30 million weekly downloads from over 200 countries, AfterBuzz TV is an online broadcast network created by E! host Maria Menounosand producer Keven Undergaro. Nicknamed the ‘after show’ network, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to AfterBuzzTV.com to watch or listen to a post-game ‘after show’ for that series. On each AfterBuzz TV after show an eclectic and knowledgeable mix of celebrities, personalities and industry professionals break down that night’s episode, take calls from fans and interview guests. The network produces over 90 after shows per week.