Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bayley is the modern day Rocky Maivia

Bayley & Rocky Maivia
Courtesy: WWE

 By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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Perhaps a bold headline, but let me explain. When Bayley was on the NXT roster she was beloved by fans. She was a big fish in a small pond. I actually saw this analogy after I had the idea for this post (I swear). After hearing the reaction to Bayley's interview about being injured for SummerSlam, it's clear the crowd isn't into the hugger like they once were. 

Courtesy: WWE
Bayley's initial popularity reminded me of Rocky Maivia 20+ years ago. He was a cookie cutter babyface, who took the time to slap hands with the crowd. But just like it appears with Bayley, fans grew tired of the goody-two shoe persona. Eventually, he turned heel and took on the role of The Rock. The rest, as they say, is history.

In my 1-2-3 cents, Bayley isn't likely to become a megastar like the Rock did. But I definitely believe a gimmick change will help her. She's talented in the ring and played the role of the girl next store, sweetheart, very well. But it doesn't seem to work in 2017. Or at least on the grand stage of WWE. 

Bayley's announcement
Courtesy: WWE
I must admit I like the fact that so many young girls look up to Bayley and appreciate what she's doing. However, a change of character could be what's needed to take her career to the next level. Many of the NXT refugees on Raw and SmackDown Live have had similar experiences. Bo Dallas, Tyler Breeze and Neville all had growing pains on the main roster. Their gimmicks have all been tweaked and it appears to be helping their individual situations.

This blog is just scratching the surface. I wish I had the time and energy to go into more details about my thoughts, but you guys get it. WWE Creative needs to do a better job in helping the talent get over when they arrive on the main roster. Likewise, the talent needs to know how to react to the crowds. I enjoy Bayley's wrestling, but her overall character needs something new. Maybe showing Sasha who's Boss is the next step in the evolution of this Superstar.

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