The Independent Files – Bayley (Davina Rose)


Welcome back to “The Independent Files,“ where we at Nerdopotamus usually share a match featuring two WWE wrestlers, but not from their time on the big stage. No, these matches are from their time on the independent circuit. There used to be a time when indie experience was frowned upon in Vince McMahon’s company, but not anymore!

Nowadays, the indies are essentially the territories, and Triple H is Vinny Mac in the early-mid ’80s, going around, cherry picking the best talent out there. That’s how we ended up with the current WWE landscape. Look at their roster. Seth Rollins? Indie experience. Dean Ambrose? Indie experience. Same goes for Adrian Neville, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Austin Aries, Becky Lynch, Daniel Bryan, Finn Balor, Cesaro, AJ Styles, Luke Harper, King Barrett, Sheamus, and of course, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, as well as many others.

For this installment, we chose not to spotlight one match. Instead, we’re going to share a sampling of work from the past of everyone’s favorite hugger herself, Bayley. Before her time in NXT/WWE, she was known as Davina Rose. She had her first match in 2008 and remained on the circuit until 2012, when she was signed by the WWE.


Walter Winchester