WWE superstar Bayley talks Ronda Rousey, WrestleMania and the women's revolution

WWE superstar Bayley.
WWE superstar Bayley. Photo credit: WWE

Five years ago the notion that women would headline the biggest sports entertainment show in the world would have been laughed at.

But in 2019 WWE's marquee event, WrestleMania is set to be main evented by Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.

For WWE superstar Bayley, that would signal the beginning of a new era in women's wrestling - completing a goal that she herself had hoped to complete.

However with two of her best friends, Lynch and Flair, making up two-thirds of the much-anticipated match, Bayley feels nothing but pride in the role she has played in what will be a historic moment.

"The thought about us women being in the main event of WrestleMania wasn't really an individual thought," Bayley told Newshub.

"There was more the meaning behind it that it is something so special and it will mean a lot.

"As a roster, we have done so much to get to this point that it will be so meaningful for the fans."

Up until the dawning of the women's wrestling evolution in 2016, aside from a few rare exceptions, women's WrestleMania moments featured bra and panties matches, mud pens and pillow fights.

But a shift, pleaded for by both fans and talent alike saw WWE take notice and feature women more prominently on their programming.

Bayley has been a big part of that movement alongside her three best friends, Lynch, Flair and Sasha Banks.

The 29-year-old, real name Pamela Rose Martinez, hopes the line-up of such prominent female superstars has laid the foundations for those to follow.

"We are still trying to set up for the future," Bayley told Newshub.

"We worry about the future a lot and we want to make sure there is a good foundation for all the little girls that dream to one day be in the WWE.

"We want to make sure there is an amazing division for them to come into and we want this to be the most amazing place to work for young woman."

"I think we are doing a great so far.

"Becky Lynch is literally 'The Man' right now and she is the one superstar across both genders that everyone is talking about.

"Everyone wants to see Becky Lynch which is just awesome."

WWE superstar Bayley talks Ronda Rousey, WrestleMania and the women's revolution

And a WrestleMania main event featuring one of the most recognizable female athletes on the planet will likely draw even more eyes to WWE.

Rousey's brief stint in professional wrestling has been a huge success since she made the move following her retirement from mixed martial arts in 2017.

The former UFC champion shocked the WWE Universe at WrestleMania 34 last year with an amazing athletic performance that had fans and her peers in awe.

Rousey has since been crowned Raw Women's Champion and is now set to defend that title on April 8 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

But despite the rumours and backstage talk that the women will take over the men to the main event of WrestleMania 35, Bayley isn't yet prepared to call it ahead of time.

"That's been our goal as women this entire time and until it happens - that will always be the answer to that question and I won't really believe it until I see it.

"We are very close to that happening which is pretty insane when you think about it.

"I just love seeing that we have come this far and that match is in the conversation to close WrestleMania."

WWE superstar Bayley talks Ronda Rousey, WrestleMania and the women's revolution
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Bayley in action at WrestleMania 33 against Charlotte Flair.
Bayley in action at WrestleMania 33 against Charlotte Flair. Photo credit: Supplied

And standing across the ring from Rousey was quite a daunting experience for the former raw women's champion. Bayley and Rousey competed head-to-head on Raw in February with the later coming out on top.

Bayley admits the style Rousey brings is very different from that of any other woman on the roster never receiving training in pro wrestling and developing a very physical style based around her combat sports repertoire.

"Working with Ronda was very different. It was what I expected - competitive and hard hitting. She is a different athlete - a complete, elite athlete and I'm really glad I had that match with her.

"She has done so much for the women's division. She has brought a lot of new eyes and she has shown how though we are. She is not the best but she is working hard to be the best."

Bayley's road to WrestleMania isn't as crystal clear as that of Rousey, Flair and Lynch.

Currently one-half of the first ever women's tag team champions alongside Banks, Bayley must first navigate the final roadblock before the show of shows in April.

'The Boss and Hug Connection' defend their newly won titles at Fastlane on March 11 against the Pacific Island duo of Nia Jax and Tamina.

A win will propel Bayley and Banks into a marquee match of their own at WrestleMania.

"There is a lot of pressure on us," Bayley said.

"I'm thinking more about WrestleMania than Fastlane which is not a good thing.  I'm nervous - it's gonna be a hard task and a big hill to climb but it's just one more step that we are willing to take.

"We still have a lot more to accomplish.

"Sasha [Banks] and I are really trying to get this division up and running and get a few solid tag teams together and that's right across the company - Raw, Smackdown and NXT.

"That for me is a really big deal for women in wrestling at the moment - it's something new and something we can build from the ground up.

"We both really have that same drive and passion. We had similar thoughts on where we wanted women's wrestling to go.

"As people, we really connect and we are truly best friends and that helps in our matches and in continuing to thrive for greatness."


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