Bayley Reveals John Cena Inspiration For Seeing The Upside Of Working Without A Live Audience
"That instantly changed my whole mindset. If we can do this, we can do anything."
Bayley has revealed how a conversation with John Cena helped her to see the potential upsides to performing without fans at the WWE Performance Center.
WWE shows have been without an audience since the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic, meaning WWE superstars have had to adapt their performances to the television audience rather than a live crowd.
Then Smackdown Women's champion, Bayley has been one of WWE's stand-out superstars during this era, and a chat with 16-time WWE champion Cena helped to inspire her approach to the new challenge.
Speaking on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette, Bayley said: "On the first day, I remember talking to Daniel Bryan, and [John] Cena was there. They were having a conversation and Cena was like, 'I've done everything, but I haven't done this. I haven't been in a WWE ring on TV with zero fans. It's a good challenge and will be something new for me to learn.'
"That instantly changed my whole mindset. If we can do this, we can do anything. I went into that mindset of 'we have to prove we can do this without fans and prove our characters...' that we don't have to lean on that, even though our shows are 90% fan interaction. I'm really lucky to have Sasha with me because I could play off her."