Bayley has admitted she relishes rubbing her successful heel turn in the faces of people who thought she couldn't be a bad character.
Bayley's former gimmick, as a WWE fan who was living her dream, was a genuine reflection of the person behind the character but one that had begun to grow stale. The former Women's Champion fully turned heel in late 2019, despite many believing she wouldn't be capable of undertaking the change.
However, Bayley has consistently been one of WWE's best characters throughout the pandemic era, and the 'Role Model' is thoroughly enjoying her current role in the promotion.
Speaking to The New York Post, she said: "It feels really rewarding, you know, it’s kind of like I love rubbing it in everyone’s face that I was able to pull this off. But I have to thank WWE and Vince [McMahon] really for giving me the go-ahead and his blessing to do this.
"It’s something I’ve been thinking about for years and, no, I didn’t think it was going to work out this way. I had a totally different vision, but with the pandemic and us being in front of no fans and just an empty arena, different things just kind of flooded into my idea brain and different feelings came in and out and it was just was a really good combination of like: 'OK this is a totally different part of my character that I can put into this character that I’ve been thinking about for years'.
"I like to think, for me, it all worked out for a reason and it’s just been really fun to be something different. I want to be able to be someone who did everything in the WWE and didn’t just kind of have a straight-through story."