The SmackDown Women’s Championship match at WWE Stomping Grounds demonstrated that each Bayley and Alexa Bliss badly want a serious change to their characters.
In her first pay-per-view title protection, Bayley was capable of retain her newly gained title after defeating “The Goddess,” who by some means received a SmackDown girls’s title match regardless of technically being a Raw star. WWE, nonetheless, will not handle that vast logic hole, simply because it apparently does not appear too eager on fixing the characters of Bliss and Bayley, who’ve badly wanted a personality refresh for fairly a while now.
Bliss and Bayley, in spite of everything, know higher than simply about any stars in WWE’s girls’s division precisely how a stale gimmick can derail your profession. Not way more than a yr in the past, Bliss headed to WrestleMania 35 because the reigning Raw Women’s Champion, however a rash of regarding accidents seemingly put her profession in jeopardy and relegated her to a stagnant position of nothingness on the crimson model. Despite her damage standing, Bliss had been closely featured primarily in a non-wrestling position on Raw, a job through which she carried out extremely properly, however WWE constantly didn’t take heed to fan response to Bliss.
For the higher a part of 2019, if not longer than that, followers have been begging for WWE to show Bliss heel. In reality, early on in her carer Bliss demonstrated that she was a surprisingly good draw with a big fan base and a proneness for promoting a ton of merchandise, and the extra she progressed as a performer, the extra she gained over the WWE Universe. WWE lastly teased that Bliss would flip babyface only a few weeks in the past on Raw when she sided with Nikki Cross to take down the IIconics, however the next evening on SmackDown, she was inexplicably again to portraying her over-the-top “mean girl” heel character. That was a questionable reserving transfer, the identical kind of weird resolution that Bayley is all too acquainted with.
For what appeared like an eternity, WWE went forwards and backwards on what to do with Bayley throughout her on-and-off friendship with Sasha Banks. One week, they have been greatest associates. The subsequent week, they hated one another. One week, Banks appeared poised to show heel. The following week, it appeared like Bayley would. Bayley was supposed to show heel final yr and was teased for yet one more heel flip shortly after WrestleMania 35, however WWE, for no matter purpose, received chilly toes and by no means pulled the set off.
Perhaps WWE remains to be holding out hope that “The Hugger,” as soon as considered as a “potential female John Cena” with limitless merchandise-moving potential, can lastly get to that degree. But it might be higher off shifting ahead with a heel flip for Bayley as a substitute. Better but, it ought to couple that with a double flip additionally involving Bliss.
As was demonstrated each again in April and in August 2017 when Bayley was booed mercilessly by the dwell crowd throughout what ought to have been massive babyface moments, the seeds have already been planted for Bayley to turn out to be an efficient heel. The crowd response to her remains to be up and down. For each time Bayley will get an overwhelmingly constructive and raucous crowd response, one other incident pops up through which she’s drowned in boos. As she continues to have a love/hate relationship with the WWE Universe regardless of her prototypical chicken babyface character, there has by no means been a extra opportune time for WWE to drag off a uncommon double flip.
The final time we noticed one successfully executed in a most important occasion degree feud was in 2013 when Dolph Ziggler, first a heel, swapped roles with Alberto Del Rio, who was a way more pure heel anyway. WWE may and will transfer ahead with an analogous double flip for each stars, one that will end in two characters who badly must be reinvigorated getting, properly, precisely what they want.
Bliss has by no means been a babyface on the primary roster, which is shocking contemplating how over she’s at all times been with the group, whereas Bayley, regardless of having a topsy-turvy rollercoaster trip of a most important roster run, has by no means been a heel. While many really feel that Bayley is a extra pure babyface who “can’t pull off a heel turn,” the identical may have been mentioned of Sami Zayn and Daniel Bryan, who each have developed into phenomenal antagonists.
Sometimes all a star wants is a change in character to understand his/her full potential, and that is simply what each Bayley and Bliss may use for the time being. They’ve each hit a wall of their present incarnations of their gimmicks and have to do one thing about it.
Why not do some flip-flop?