NXT might be the WWE's developmental territory but it's gotten much, much bigger than how it started out.
The minor league of WWE now tours not only around America but internationally as well. The wrestlers are legitimate stars in their own right before even making it onto national television, along with having legions of loyal fans.
NXT Women's Champion Bayley is one of those. Arguably one of the most-loved stars in all of wrestling right now, Bayley is huge in NXT and has developed a big cult following. No wonder she's nervous about potentially making the transition to WWE's main roster.
Speaking in an interview with Fansided, the babyface said that she did want to go up and test herself on the main roster but admitted that part of her still wants to stay in NXT and carry on the legacy she started.
"I look at it two different ways. Mentally and physically I feel I can make that next step," Bayley said.
"I think I have done everything I can here in NXT and I do want to test myself on the main roster. I want to be with the girls up there that were in the same place I was."
Wanting to stay?
The 26-year-old then added that she has a very real connection to NXT and how it's gone from a small show in front of barely a hundred people to sold out arenas everywhere they go.
"But the mental side — I am very attached to the NXT product," she said. "With all the tours we are doing and all the things that have come our way, it's very special. I am excited to see what is next for us."
"Part of me wants to me stay and I would feel left out if I did leave and things are going on here."
It's a certainty that Bayley is going to be called up to the WWE main roster, the only question remaining is when. Do Vince McMahon, Triple H and co make the move on the RAW after WrestleMania that has become a hotbed for NXT star debuting in WWE or is it a case of giving Bayley longer in NXT to truly master her gimmick and add even more star power.