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Alexa Bliss talks about why her original gimmick in NXT didn’t last

Alexa Bliss may have gone on to win a total of seven championships on the main roster but her initial work in NXT didn’t quite take off. For those who may not remember, Bliss had a sparkle/glitter type persona where she resembled a Disney like character such as Tinkerbell. Showing her love for Disney in her initial WWE work was right up her alley.

While speaking to Alison Rosen on Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend, she explains why the character never took off. She was told that it wasn’t relatable and that the writing team couldn’t write for it.

“It was nerve-racking to change my character when I first started because they always tell us, ‘be your personality turned up by 1,000.’ I’ve always been a big Disney fan and Tinkerbell fan. That is me. So I’m like, ‘I’ll just be a pixie person.’ I was having a blast and it was literally my personality turned up by 1,000. The writing team in NXT was like, ‘We can’t write for that, it’s not relatable. We need to find something else.’ They told me I was going to be a bad guy and I panicked. I didn’t know where to start. I just started acting like every girl I went to high school with and that’s how the persona started and blossomed.”

Bliss may have been hesitant and worried about turning heel from her pixie-esque persona, but her heelwork is arguably where she has excelled. She continued to discuss the change of character and how fast it happened.

“I remember the specific day because I had blonde hair with blue on the bottom of my hair….It was a Tuesday night when I turned into a bad guy, it was the end of the show, I just pushed someone off the top rope and that was my turn. We had to be at the venue the next day, I walk in and they’re like, ‘Where is your red hair?’ ‘My what? No one told me I needed red hair.’ ‘Well, you have three and a half hours to figure out how to get red hair because the good guy has blue hair, the bad guy needs red hair.’ I had to call my extension lady and I’m like, ‘I need red hair in three hours.’ I had to look different and act differently. It was maybe a 14-hour turnaround, personality change.” 

What did you think of the original gimmick of Alexa Bliss? Do you prefer her as a babyface or a heel? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Credit for transcripts goes to Fightful.

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