Source: USA Today
My preparation is focusing less on the other women in the ring. I'm focusing on how this is the first-ever SmackDown Live women's championship and what I can do to the best of my abilities to make sure I'm the last person standing. The other girls can do what they can do, but it's not going to match up to what I'm going to do.
How do you end up with the name Alexa Bliss? With your given first name being Alexis, that seems obvious, but where did Bliss comes from?
It was one of the names that I pitched. At the time, I was playing around with being a Southern Belle-type character in NXT and always say, Bless Your Heart.' For a Southern woman to say that, it was kind of in an insulting tone. It ended up more like, 'Bliss Your Heart.' It became a play on words and not meaning a good thing and there are so many ways to take it, 'Blissed Off' and 'Bliss Slap.' I know if it got approved, it would be so much fun to play with.
It's been about six weeks since the draft. What have been the biggest adjustments for you coming from NXT to the SmackDown Live roster?
Obviously, it's working in front of a bigger crowd, but the bigger adjustment has probably been switching schedules. We kept a very busy schedule in NXT, but it was more group oriented. You just assume everyone in NXT is going everywhere. Now everyone gets their own schedule with where to be on what day. I like it better. It's a lot easier to work on my own schedule in when I'm working out, when I'm getting in the ring and training on off days.
We also [do more live television]. It's a little nerve-wracking but also exciting. It makes me think more about what are the things I can apply in the ring, but I am comfortable without having a safety net.
Check out the full interview with Bliss at this link.