Wrestling / Bayley

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It's Bayley! And she's gonna hug you!
Pamela Rose Martinez (born June 15, 1989) is an American professional wrestler. Having attended Big Time Wrestling's events since she was eleven, she eventually decided to make the transition from fan to worker, then from worker to wrestler, debuting in 2008 after training from Jason Styles as Davina Rose. NWA Pro, Vendetta Pro Wrestling, the Empire Wrestling Federation, SHIMMER, SHINE and Canada's ECCW were also visited by Davina Rose. She then signed with WWE, who naturally repacked her as Bayley to perform in its developmental branch, NXT, where she is a one-time NXT Women's champion (before dropping the belt to Asuka); eventually losing her rematch for the title and, on the August 22nd, 2016 episode of RAW, she finally made her main roster debut in a victorious effort against Dana Brooke. On February 13, 2017, she won her first WWE RAW Women's Championship, defeating Charlotte in the RAW main event.

Bayley's Gonna Trope You!:

  • Adorkable: Quite possibly one of the biggest factors for why she got over with the crowd. As with the other popular females in NXT (Paige, Emma, Sasha Banks, Asuka), she's pushed as an actual character with a gimmick (in this case, a fangirl of wrestling). It helps that like the others, she also can wrestle.
  • All-Loving Hero: Everyone is Bayley's best friend. Yes, even the heels.
    • Mirrored somewhat in real life - Bayley seems to be friends with everyone in the locker room.
  • A Friend in Need: Davina Rose was helped along in her early years by Serena Deeb, thus when contacted by SHIMMER, she decided to confront the Canadian Ninjas who had been giving Deeb trouble. (though her first match was with Mercedes Martinez, around the time Martinez was getting really belligerent). Rose wasn't very useful against them, but the thought has to count for something.
    • A more recent example is when Bayley teamed with rival Sasha Banks against Charlotte and Dana Brooke at Battleground. Bayley was a lot more useful this time around, and her and Sasha won the match.
    • At WrestleMania 33, during the fatal four way for the women's championship, Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Charlotte (who, unlike the other two Horsewomen, had turned heel) all worked together to take out Nia Jax.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Ever since her return in mid-2015, she's gained some noticeable definition in the abs department.
  • Arch-Enemy: The other Four Horsewomen (Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Charlotte) as well as Emma seem to be this to Bayley whenever they're heels. Eva Marie, Alexa Bliss, and Nia Jax count after Bayley won the NXT Women's Championship. Really, for such a nice girl, Bayley seems to make A LOT of enemies.
    • Defeat Means Friendship: Sasha Banks, following her two NXT Takeover losses to Bayley. They even hugged to celebrate their win after teaming together at WWE Battleground. Also notable in that Sasha was never shown to have this same friendship with Becky when they teamed up on the main roster - despite both being faces, they often clashed!
  • Audience Surrogate: She acts very much like one would expect a casual young WWE fan to.
  • Badass Adorable: A sweet-natured excitable girl who loves everyone. Oh, yeah, and she's also a pro wrestler.
  • Bare Your Midriff: She's never wrestled in a lot of clothing, most wrestlers don't really. Her attire's definitely more athletic than stripperific, though.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Attitude-wise, she's sweet and innocent. But once she's been sufficiently pushed around, look out. Skill-wise, compared to the vast majority of women, her move set tends to include moves typically used by power/technical wrestlers. As of 2014, she's essentially been billed/treated as a power wrestler, bringing raw strength to the table against other women. Taken even further in her Iron Man match, where she got so aggressive she started whacking Sasha's hand off the ring steps — and that was crucial in getting her the win.
    • At NXT Takeover: Dallas, in her title match against The Dreaded Asuka, it was pretty easy to assume the formula would be the dominant, physical striker Asuka having her way with the plucky champ. But Bayley actually controlled a good portion of the match convincingly, even suplexing Asuka around the ring a bit. And unlike Asuka's other opponents, Bayley passes out rather than taps out. Don't let the colorful, hugging exterior fool you; she can throw down with the best.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's a well-endowed, power-based wrestler, though the well-endowed part is never emphasized.
  • Boring, but Practical: Bayley's finishing move is just a spinning belly-to-belly suplex. It's absolutely devastating, though.
  • Butt-Monkey: Not only was she winless after her first year in SHIMMER, but Serena departed in her second, so she took to hanging around Mia Yim, who hadn't won a match since graduating from SPARKLE over a year ago. They remained in good spirits despite their new pareja seeming to nothing but contribute to their collective losing streak. Yim scored them a pin fall on volume 48. And Rose would finally get a win she could call her own on volume 51.
  • Characterization Marches On: When she was first repackaged, her character was very shy and acted as if she was starstruck to be in WWE. This later evolved into the hugging Genki Girl we all know and love. She later shed a lot of her naivety in the buildup to her getting the NXT Womens' Championship.
  • Composite Character: Particularly as Bayley.
    • In the beginning, think Eugene Dinsmore meets GLOW's Tammy Jones, but out of naive fandom instead of any implied defects.
    • Also starting to resemble a female version of Sami Zayn on her road to a NXT-championship. Even name-checked him and his success after attacking Charlotte.
  • Crowd Song: Audiences have taken to chanting the chorus of Bruce Channel's "Hey Baby" to her at the start of matches, with her name subbed in. This was started by crowds at NXT Takeover: London.
    Heeeeeey, heeyyy Bayley! OOH! AAAH! I wanna knooooow....will you be my girl!
    • The Raw crowd in Glasgow pretty much blanketed a whole Bayley segment with this chant. Even Sasha Banks joined in.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: She has a tendency to stretch her arms due to her Cuddle Bug gimmick, especially during her entrance.
  • Cuddle Bug: Wants to hug everyone she meets.
    • The Glomp: If that person happens to be a Heel.
    • And during her matches, she occasionally does a corner splash which is very hug-like and a belly-to-belly suplex which the commentators jokingly called the Hugplex. Suffice to say, if a move involves a hug, she'll probably do it.
    • As of late, the "Bayley-to-Belly" (the above belly to belly) is now considered her finisher. She has officially taken The Glomp and weaponized it.
  • Cute Bruiser: Has a noticeably more power-based moveset compared to most women including picking up an opponent and ramming them into the corner, the Polish Hammer and her finisher: a belly-to-belly suplex called the Bayley-to-Belly.
  • The Cutie: A lot of the female wrestlers are sexy, but god-damn Bayley is just adorable!
  • Defeat Means Friendship: How she became best friends with Sasha Banks. Over their rivalry, Sasha came to respect Bayley as both a performer and a person so deeply that it turned her face.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Eugene, or perhaps his successor at this point. Though these days, one might argue that she has become one to Sami Zayn or John Cena.
  • Double Knockout: During NWA Pro and EWF's crossover with the Alternative Wrestling Show, Davina Rose and Candice LeRae decided to take on MSEERIE, which didn't workout so well for them. Eventually Davina Rose decided to just jump in the ring and put Christina Von Eerie in a cobra clutch while she had LeRae down. This lead to all four competitors tangled up and passed out. MsChif and Rose woke up first and the referee decided that was enough for the match to continue (even though neither was legal) and from there a now indignant MSEERIE picked right where they left off on their way to victory.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: She made several NXT appearances as a heelish Jobber for weeks before becoming the happy powerhouse loved by the kids. And she was called Luchadora at first too.
  • Expy: Bayley is a kid-friendly babyface whose offence is based around power moves. She also wears colorful ring gear, has a fairly light-hearted attitude and a knack for great in-ring storytelling. She'll also absolutely murder you if you're nasty to her or one of her friends. Gee, I can't think who that reminds us of...
  • Face: An All-Loving Hero who wants to hug everyone she meets, frequently gives hugs to audience members on her way down to the ring, and is one of the nicest people in the entire WWE. It's pretty hard to imagine this character as a bad guy.
  • Flower Motif: Think you can figure out Davina's? Her tights often depicted some combination of a golden one and a black dagger.
  • Former Friend of Alpha Bitch: When Charlotte turned on her. After fighting a couple title matches against each other, they have since reconciled. They're back to this on the main roster with Charlotte being an arrogant heel.
  • Friend to All Children: It goes with her gimmick. Like Rey Mysterio, she spends a decent amount of time interacting with young fans during her entrance.
  • Genki Girl: Always high energy, rarely ever in a bad mood.
  • Good Is Dumb: Bayley is the most unambiguously good female on the NXT roster. As such she's not the brightest bulb...
    • Good Is Not Dumb: Her journey to becoming NXT Women's Champion involved her shedding a lot of the naivety that prevented her from overcoming savvier wrestlers and she primarily did this by learning from her longstanding rivals and opponents: Charlotte, Becky and Sasha. As champion, Bayley demonstrated intelligence, experience and skill as crucial elements to her victories, such as turning Sasha Banks' own tactics against her in their rematch and outsmarting the inexperienced but powerful Nia Jax by learning new submission offence in order to beat her.
    • She has gone right back to Good Is Dumb since winning the Raw Women's Championship in 2017. First she won the championship from Charlotte Flair and then retained it against her due to blatant cheating on the part of Sasha Banks, who was obviously using her friend to get back in title contention. Though Bayley still walked out of WrestleMania with the title against Sasha, Charlotte, and Nia Jax and Sasha didn't turn heel, Bayley never exactly smartened up to the situation. Then in her very next feud, new Raw acquisition Alexa Bliss, she of five feet of fury and average wrestling skills, actively called Bayley a child anytime a microphone was available…and then repeatedly humiliated and outsmarted her as though routine thanks to Bayley being indecisive and overly-innocent to points beyond anything that could be resembled common sense. See Too Dumb to Live for particular lowlights of this feud.
  • Hair Decorations: Her Alice Band with a bow.
  • The Ingenue: Though the "virginal" aspects are most likely played up more as an effect of WWE's company wide shift to PG rated programming.
  • Hidden Depths: Although treated as a power wrestler, she's capable of pulling off some impressive lucha style moves.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Paige is younger and Bayley is average in size for a wrestler (thus larger than most women) but she ticks the bright colors, wisecracks, and "gutsy" boxes. This trope is likely the reason NXT drew attention to Izzy — a young fan of Bayley who shows up to every taping.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: If Bayley isn't smiling or wanting a hug, you should probably prepare yourself for a world of hurt.
  • Meaningful Name: Of a sort. She said she chose to spell her name with a Y because she's from the Bay Area (billed from San Jose, California).
  • Mentor Archetype: Jason Styles, Shoot 2 Thrill (Kimo Kanaloa and Mike Silva), and Serena Deeb (which is where the Belly To Belly suplex comes from) in Big Time Wrestling.
  • Mistaken for Foreigner: Davina Rose was warned by April Hunter that "Lucha Crap" wasn't tolerated in USA, which implies Hunter thought Rose was Mexican. (By the way, this is the same April Hunter who used a block buster variant as a finishing move.) Understandable mistake though, since Rose was teaming with Shazza McKenzie, who is a foreigner.
  • Morality Pet: Has become one for Charlotte after the latter finally realized Bayley's skill and heart through a feud with her, which effectively turned the rather heelish Flair back face.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: You really didn't have to say to AJ "I don't know why people call you crazy" Honestly, though, pretty much all her feuds seem to boil down to "Squee!! I'm so happy to meet you!" at a heel to which the response is to beat Bayley up and break her things.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: This putdown to Charlotte:
    Bayley: And you know what, Charlotte? I don't even want a hug! (Cue massive crowd GASP)
  • Odd Friendship:
  • Only One Name: As Bayley.
  • The Pollyanna: Doesn't seem too fazed by the fact that the BFFs tried to make things very difficult for her.
  • Phrase Catcher:
    • When she walks down the ramp, the ring announcers say, "It's Bayley!"
    • The crowd's signature pro-Bayley chant is, "Bayley's gonna hug you," in the vein of "(Insert Name Here)'s gonna kill you!" Or more recently, "Ayyyyyyy, we want some Bayley!"
  • Plucky Girl: As soon as she started getting some wins over the BFFs.
  • Punny Name: Her Finishing Move is a spinning belly-to-belly suplex called Bayley-to-Belly.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She's color-coded with a purple t-shirt and has purple on some of her ring gear. Notably she's presented as a power wrestler.
  • Renamed the Same: Her Finishing Move is a spinning belly-to-belly suplex dubbed Bayley-to-Belly.
  • Rogues Gallery: The BFFs (moreso Charlotte and Sasha than Summer), Becky Lynch, and now Emma have all been notable enemies of Bayley's at one time or another.
  • Shaking Her Hair Loose: Inverted. As she climbs the top rope or prepares for her finisher, she usually tightens her ponytail.
  • Shout-Out: Her tasselled jacket invokes Randy Savage.
  • Slasher Smile: Rarely, but it happens when she's trying to be nice but also take jabs at heels.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: It's surprising how little this actually happens to her. She's had many grueling matches and her hair is just as tight as it was when the match began. The exception is the Iron Man match where her hair was barely together by the end. She intentionally tightens it when going to the top rope, so that might explain it somewhat.
    • She did once take her ponytail out during a match to prevent this but was scolded after the match by the late Dusty Rhodes, who said that she should never take her ponytail out whenever she's in character as it visually identifies her. She has never taken it out since.
  • Squash Match: Following the violent breakup of the Knight Dynasty, Davina Rose was on the "squashed" end of such a match with "Sweet" Saraya. Upon getting her developmental deal, she was again on the "squashed" end against Paige — Saraya's daughter.
  • Squee!: Her reaction to meeting Ric Flair and him Wooing at her. And pretty much everyone she meets.
    • The New Day do this to her, resulting in a mutual squee moment that's just plain adorable.
  • Student and Master Team: Besides Jason Styles and Serena Deeb, she got further training from Sara Del Rey and tagged with her at Big Time's 2011 Wrestlefest.
  • Suppressed Mammaries: Unlike most females, her ring attire is designed to de-emphasize her large breasts, on account of her Kid-Appeal Character.
  • Tag Team:
  • Token Wholesome: Provides little to no Fanservice at all, aside from maybe Bare Your Midriff.
  • Too Dumb to Live: On the go-home show before Extreme Rules 2017, Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss (who defeated Bayley for the title at Payback) came out and escalated her verbal attacks on Bayley painting her as a child with an absolutely dreadful This is Your Life "tribute" in which three people who were purported to be her fourth-grade teacher, her former best friend, and her ex-boyfriend, all came out and painted Bayley as an overly-nice girl who was so attached to her father he had to shadow her both on dates and in school, and whose wrestling fandom came between any friendships she ever had. Despite the fact that Bayley's character history actually defies much of what these people were saying, she made no effort to either interrupt and verbally shred the entire segment, come out to play along and bait Alexa into an attack, or even furiously rush the ring to attack Alexa and take her by surprise; instead, she waited for the whole thing to proceed, had her music played, walked down the ramp with a pouting face, stood at the bottom for a second, then ran into the ring to attack Bliss. Predictably, whatever edge Bayley had didn't last long and Alexa, who was more than ready for her, stood tall after whacking her with a kendo stick.
    • In fact, this has been the general tune of the Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss feud, particularly ever since Alexa defeated Bayley for the title at Payback and heading into Extreme Rules. Alexa would disrespect Bayley and make her out to be a helpless little kid who's way out of her league. Bayley would come out, be slightly timid, and try to fight Alexa. Unfortunately, Bliss would have a plan while Bayley would have an Honor Before Reason-induced moment of indecision, allowing Bliss to beat her fellow NXT alumnus down. Even after Bayley requested an extreme-style stipulation for her championship rematch and got Kendo Stick on a Pole from General Manager Kurt Angle, kendo sticks featured on Raw would have an unfortunate habit of first being held by Bayley only to be swung at Bayley by Alexa. This even wound up happening in the match itself, meaning Bayley, through her own indecision, got herself dropped in about five minutes flat by the same okay-but-inferior wrestler who'd been calling her a child for weeks and ultimately squandered her chance to reclaim the championship of her dreams. It's to the point that the term "buried", both in the "booked below or fed to another wrestler" sense AND in the more extreme "actively booked into the ground" sense, has been applied to Bayley's character as a result of this feud.
  • Took a Level in Badass: During the lead-up to the fatal-four-way at NXT: Rival.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: To Sting-levels during Charlotte and Sasha's feud for the NXT Women's Championship. Then again on the main roster after becoming WWE Raw Women's Champion, especially during her feud with Alexa Bliss.
  • Two First Names: As Davina Rose.
  • We Used to Be Friends:
    • With Charlotte, for all of about a month. Charlotte then turned face and they became friends again. Now that Charlotte is a heel on the main roster, it's come full circle.
    • With Becky Lynch, who also turned on Bayley to join Sasha. Ditto for the face turn and reconciliation.
  • Wrestling Psychology: It's often been said that of the Four Horsewomen, Bayley is the best in-ring storyteller. Much like Shawn Michaels, her psychology is so good that she can carry much more inexperienced/inferior workers such as Eva Marie to a decent match. This is probably one of the main reasons why she was the one left behind in the Women's Division in NXT when the company called up the other three to the main roster to inject life back into the Womens' Division — for stability, until new talents signed or were called up from the Performance Center and, without her carrying them, meet the standard that the Horsewomen established.

Alternative Title(s): Davina Rose

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