Alexa Bliss didn't take the typical route most WWE Superstars take to reach the pinnacle of sports entertainment. Instead of clawing her way through the independents and trying to get noticed, Bliss tried out for the WWE online, went to a casting call and was offered a spot to train in Florida without having ever stepped foot in a wrestling ring.
Quickly, she became a star right out of NXT and moved into a prominent role on the main roster. While she was a fan, she's not been known as a wrestling historian and to some, she might be viewed as somewhat of an outcast thanks to her lack of wrestling experience.
Still, there is no denying her charismatic qualities and the fact that she's taken the WWE and the Women's Division by storm. The New York Post conducted a recent interview with the Raw Women's Champion and Bliss' answers revealed a lot about how the company views her, how her fellow females view her and how she views herself.
Among the things that were the most interesting in the interview was how she responded to the question about whether or not she's earned respect in the WWE. After all, wrestling has been widely known as a clique-type business and if you're not "in" with the wrestlers in the back, you're fighting an uphill battle.
Bliss was asked how tough it was to earn respect, and she responded that she wasn't sure she had yet. "Oh god, I don’t know if I still have it now. It’s one thing coming in, not being a part of the indies stuff like that and doing well. It’s another to not be part of the indies and be champ. It’s an ongoing thing, but the girls that I work with now are amazing."
The good news is, Bliss seems to be welcomed by the other talents and that everyone seems to be willing to help put on the best possible product, working with each other to make each woman in the division stronger.
When wrestlers come in and are almost given a spot, it doesn't often sit well. Bliss has earned her stripes and whether she realizes it or not, it appears the other females in WWE and on Raw believed she's earned them too.