Alexa Bliss reveals she felt anxiety on first turning heel

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Alexa Bliss recently appeared on Chris Jericho’s “Talk is Jericho” podcast where she talked about feeling anxiety about first turning heel, moving up from NXT to the main roster and growing up a wrestling fan. Highlights of the interview below courtesy of Wrestle Zone.

On turning heel: “It’s a lot of fun. Like when I first found out that I was going to be a heel I had really bad anxiety because the character I portrayed before that was very bubbly, very princess, completely not relatable whatsoever, so when they told me I was going to turn heel I had very bad anxiety because I don’t know how to be mean and make someone hate me so I had anxiety over it. We would have heat drills inside the Performance Center and I would just stop and start crying. In heat drills, you practice being mean to somebody. You grab your opponent, put some heat on him, say something mean and just keep going. It’s a really cool drill, but I would just have really bad anxiety, but then once I got used to it, it just became so much more fun.”

On moving from NXT to the main roster: “It’s like going from High School to College, for sure. It was really cool because it was kind of that moment when you realize what all that hard work over the years went into in developmental and just having that larger crowd was amazing. Adapting to the travel and the people; I loved having the girls on SmackDown. They were all so welcoming and I wouldn’t be where I am without them.

On growing up as a wrestling fan: “I absolutely was a wrestling fan. My whole family were big wrestling fans. I watched it since I was six I think, about six. My cousins and I had a blow-up pool that didn’t have water in it, so we pretended to be the Hardys and Lita, so we were jumping in in the pool and acting like we were wrestling. We watched Raw every Monday, we had pizza and my family watched it. I wasn’t allowed to watch the Attitude Era because my mom told me to clean my room once and I was like, I have two words for you, so I put my arms up to do the ‘Suck It’ and she was like, you’re grounded, and I was like, that’s not how it goes. So I wasn’t allowed to watch the Attitude Era, but my mom would let me watch it anyways at my grandma’s.”

On which current NXT Superstar stands out the most to her: “Ember Moon for sure. She’s amazing. She’s been wrestling for years. I know she has had like eight or nine tryouts before she got here. She’s one of my close friends and I went to the PC last week to train with her just to get around moving in the ring. She’s so good.”

Alexa also discusses her body building background, her first interactions with Vince McMahon, and advice she’s received from Triple H, Sarah Stock and Sara Amato.

You can listen to the full interview here.

What did you think of the interview? Have you been enjoying Alexa’s run as a heel? Who else would you like to see featured on Talk is Jericho? Let us know in the comments below!