WRITTEN PODCAST RECAP: E&C Pod of Awesomeness with Bayley on why she’s looking forward to turning heel someday, her favorite opponent, who she wants to work with, adjusting to the main roster

Daniel Bryan interview

Edge & Christian’s Pod of Awesomeness Recap

Release Date: December 8, 2017

By: Jeff Indelicato


“For The Benefit of Those with No Time” (Top Stories)

  • Bayley was originally bummed when she didn’t move to the main roster in 2015, but also understood that it was an opportunity for her in NXT.
  • She is interested in a future heel turn, and looks forward to evolving her character.
  • Bayley thinks that there is enough roster depth to have female tag teams.
  • Asuka, Natalya, and hopefully Ronda Rousey, are future opponents that she would like to face off against.

“5 Second Pose of Timestamps”

0:00: Show Introduction
17:15: Beginning of Bayley Interview
33:00: Thoughts on not moving to main roster with The 4 Horsewomen in 2015
44:00: Would she ever turn heel?
54:00: Who she’d like to wrestle & favorite opponent
1:09:30: Thanks and Close

“You Think You Know Them” (Recap)

Show Introduction 0:00-17:15

The boys open the show and within a few minutes, Christian starts laughing like Woken Matt Hardy. This then leads into a discussion about the character and how both of them love it. They mention how they could literally listen to 3 hours of him doing promos along with the laugh. Christian commends his commitment to the character, which is genius. Edge adds how when the character first debuted back in Impact Wrestling people were unsure and questioned it, but now, it’s huge and on a grander scale.

The team then plugs their new podcast t-shirts, which are available at Prowrestlingtees.com.

Afterwards, they get in a fun debate about who has been responsible for getting each guest, and with that, we move into our interview with Bayley.

Interview with Bayley 17:15-1:09:30

Bayley is excited because it’s snowing where she is in Austin, TX. She recently moved there with her fiancée and is really enjoying it there.

Edge brings up Sasha Banks and their phenomenal matches from NXT, including Takeover: Brooklyn & the Ironman Match. He believes that 10 years from now, girls will be telling Bayley that their matches are what made them want to be wrestlers. With regards to Takeover: Brooklyn, how long did they have to put that match together? Bayley thanks Edge, and feels that it was a milestone in both of their careers. Even though it is regularly talked about, it still gets her emotional, and she never gets tired of talking about it.

With regards to Edge’s question, Sasha had just gone to the main roster, so it was hard to communicate, and therefore, they didn’t have much time to put everything together. With that said, they knew how important it was to HHH & NXT as a whole, and wanted to live up to the expectations. In addition, it was supposed to be Banks’ last NXT match, so they knew they had to nail it. Christian points out that there is a real risk of overthinking something if you are given a lot of time, so it can be hard to live up to the expectations in your head.

Talk turns to how Bayley was a big wrestling fan growing up, and how much she loves the video packages. In fact there are some that have made her emotional in the past. She discusses how Sasha and her still “geek” out at different things that happen, and specifically mentions a recent photo shoot where someone told her and Seth Rollins that they had 5 seconds to pose, and without thinking, both did the E & C 5 Second Pose.

Moving on to how women’s wrestling has evolved, Bayley feels that it is a great time to be watching, as there are so many unique characters, allowing something different for every wrestling fan. Edge agrees and remembers a few years ago, when for the guys, everyone was like Randy Orton & for the girls everyone was supposed to be like Trish Stratus. It’s the differences that make others, and for Bayley, she was a tomboy, so wrestlers like Beth Phoenix, Lita, & Jazz stood out and inspired her.

Edge goes back to 2015, when Charlotte, Sasha, & Becky Lynch moved to the main roster, yet Bayley stayed in NXT. What were her thoughts? Initially, she was a little bummed out, as she thought they all would move up together and be a cool faction. She then realized that she was the NXT Women’s Champion and was there to help out the new talent, which got her excited. In addition, she recognized this as an opportunity to prove herself on her own without her partners. It ended up becoming the most valuable time of her career.

When Bayley did finally move to the main roster, it came with quite a reception. Did she find herself having any trouble with the transition? Initially, she didn’t think so, as her first 2 appearances were at Battleground, followed by the Raw after Summerslam in Brooklyn. Those had great reactions, but as she continued wrestling, not every city would react to her, and she realized that not everyone really knew who she was, so that was a little tough. Edge notes that while NXT is becoming more recognized and treated as a 3rd brand, it doesn’t have the size of an audience that the main shows do, which also comes with a broader market.  

The question is then presented if she would ever want to change her character and turn heel. In what may be a surprise, Bayley not only wants to eventually evolve, but is looking forward to a future heel turn. She plans on being here for a long time, and wants to go back and forth on the spectrum from heel to face, just like the legends before her. They make the comment that she could be a female version of Stone Cold, drinking coffee. In all seriousness, Christian applauds that, and notes how evolving is essential to staying relevant. Edge feels that Bayley could be the women’s equivalent of Ricky Steamboat, who never went heel, but does believe that a heel turn could really work if done right.

With the revolution continuing, what’s Bayley’s thoughts on female tag teams? She is totally for it, and thinks that with so much roster depth, including those from the Mae Young Classic, she can’t see it not happening. She enjoys stories, and wouldn’t mind seeing one that didn’t revolve around the Women’s Championship, which is something that female tag teams could contribute to.

Speaking of roster depth, who would Bayley like to face off against in the future? She feels that she and Asuka barely scratched the surface in terms of what they can do and hopes to tangle with her. Natalya is another one who she would love to have a feud with, and is someone who is incredibly knowledgeable, and fun to be around. Of course, Ronda Rousey is another, which she still is holding out hope for.

This may seem like an obvious answer, but who is a wrestler that she has really enjoyed facing? Of course, it’s definitely Sasha, as she is easy to work with, and reliable when it comes to having a fun, competitive match. Asuka is also mentioned as someone who challenges her, and whose style is so different that it helped her learn. There were also many who came out of the Mae Young Classic, including Tessa Blanchard & Jazzy Gabert.

Edge then asks Bayley how her shoulder is feeling. It’s doing well, and she only notices slight things when she’s working out, which seems good. She remembers during the match when it happened, and thinking that it wasn’t dislocated, so she’d be fine. Of course, it got worse throughout the match, and when she got backstage, she got emotional. This wasn’t because she was hurt, but because she knew she’d end up missing Summerslam.

E & C thank Bayley for calling in, wish her well, and close out the interview with an audio hug.

Close 1:09:00-1:14:00

The boys talk about how great their guest is, and how she’s super nice and positive, who is now living out her dream.They then put in a final plug for their new shirts, and sign off.

You can follow the show on Twitter @EandCPod, E-Mail them at ecpodofawesomeness@gmail.com, and call their Voicemail at 929-367-8204.

Jeff’s Take:  7 Kazoos out of 10

I had mixed feelings on this episode. With a total length of just over an hour, it was kind of nice, since previous episodes have drug out past 2 hours. On the flip side, the interview went too quick at times, and while it was good to get Bayley’s thoughts on things, they didn’t really go too deep into the responses, or get much substance. It just felt like a normal, generic interview. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @the_Indel or send me an email at indelpw@gmail.com. See you next week!

About the Author

Jeff has been a fan of professional wrestling since he was knee high to a grasshopper (little kid), after coming across the Wrestling Challenge episode after WrestleMania 7, and has not looked back. His passion has led him to winning wrestling trivia contests in his city, and even won him his Senior Talent Show by dancing to Shawn Michaels theme song. When not annoying others with wrestling talk, he loves spending time with his family and friends, and focuses on his other passion: movies.  


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