For the life of me, I can't think of another wrestler in modern times who has had such a huge drop in popularity.
The pops were huge on her debut. Everyone loved Bailey.
It's not all WWE's fault though. Her weaknesses became extremely obvious way too quickly. But the program with Alexa did her zero favours, and was her real downfall. I think fans expected her to stand up against Alexa, but no, Bailey just took it and let Alexa bully her with no repercussions.
I really hope this is a new start. There is potential. They don't need her to turn heel or go through a huge character overhaul. Just give her a little more edge and authority. Like "I like to hug and smile, but push me to far and you'll se why I'm a former nxt and raw womens champ" kinda vibe.
Bayley was popular among the nXt crowd.... yes the pops were huge, but they came with a caveat. Even she knows that... from an interview she did:
“When I made my debut, I had that weird one-off at Battleground where I was like Sasha’s partner,” Bayley said. “And that was an amazing night. It felt like everybody in the arena wanted her partner to be me, so I was like, ‘oh yeah, everybody knows who I am and I’m going to be fine when I finally get here, like, for good!’ Then, I had my official debut. That was the night after NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn.
“And Brooklyn is just… it was SummerSlam weekend, so it’s kind of like a WrestleMania weekend where there [are] fans from all over [the world] and it’s just a load of NXT fans from around Europe and all that and I got a great reception there and I was like, ‘yep, I’m good. Everybody knows Bayley’ blah, blah, blah. But then, it wasn’t until I was there a little bit longer and I had to get on the regular schedule doing house shows and going to TVs in different cities where I realized my reception wasn’t as good as my first two things that I did because not everybody knew me.
“And the NXT crowd, although it is amazing, and we do have great fans all over the world, it’s not as huge as the audience we have for WWE, so I’m still kind of like at the point where people know who I am and I might not be as cool as I was in little, smaller venues or, like, a smaller audience, but now I’m at that point where I feel like, ‘yeah, I’m WWE,’ but it did take a while. I think my head got a little too big when I was like, ‘yeah, everyone knows me!’ to when I’m like, ‘wait! No, they don’t.'”
Add that to the fact that she is horribly wooden in promos, and has an above average match every night, and this was bound to happen
To ask for a change in her character is to ask for her to be better at something she has not gotten any better at.
I hope she revitalizes herself on SmackDown, because she is becoming more and more stale each day