Mercury News recently caught up with former RAW Women’s Champion Bayley for an interview. Below are some of the highlights.

On who got her into the business of professional wrestling: “I was just hooked by the sight of him [“Macho Man” Randy Savage], his natural charisma…And when I was 11, 12, then 13, I started realizing how obsessed I was.”

On the origins of her WWE character: “When I started this character, it was me being 12 years old again. We would have other wrestlers come to our promos, and I’d geek out over them, and show my excitement. I would just grab them and not let go.”

On the first time she ran the ropes during pro wrestling training: “When I first started to learn to run the ropes, that was really painful for me, it’s just cable wire wrapped in tape. It bruised my ribs so bad, it hurt to be hugged, it hurt to lay down. To have bruises all over and still train and not tell anyone about it, I knew I must really like this to keep doing it.”

Check out the complete Bayley interview at MercuryNews.com.