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Bayley Says Goodbye To NXT With Emotional Speech

While we’re certainly thrilled to see Bayley finally get the spot on the WWE main roster she so richly deserved, we can also understand how leaving NXT, a place she was a major part of for several years, would be somewhat bittersweet. What follows is the emotional “Goodbye” message Bayley posted on Instagram for the brand that turned her from a fledgling wrestler into one of the biggest women’s wrestling stars in the world, while NXT simultaneously went from an un-televised developmental show created for training purposes to one of the crown jewels of WWE. Be warned, you will feel things.

Dear NXT, Today I went into the Performance Center and had to clean out my locker. After almost 4 years with NXT, it’s time for me to step away and the new crop of women to step up. I am so confident in the division and know we will see it be taken to newer heights. I’ve seen FCW shows grow from 12 people in the crowd to NXT payperviews with 15,000 in Brooklyn. NXT is my life, it’s everything I am, everything I’ve ever wanted in wrestling. The roster, the coaches, our bosses, our fans. All of it is everything I’ve ever wanted. I couldn’t have dreamt up a better journey, and I couldn’t have asked for better support and love that all of you have embraced me with. I love this industry with all of my heart but I mean this when I say it, I would not be able to do the things I’ve done without you guys. You fans match our passion. With everything we give you in the ring, you give us right back as fans. And that’s what makes NXT special, and that’s what I’ll miss most. I’ll miss my NXT family backstage, I’ll miss those once in a lifetime moments like doing Finn Balors entrance or teaming with Shinsuke Nakamura or standing in the ring for 10 minutes as you guys sing a song, and I’ll miss the proud feeling of being a part of it all. But I know it will continue. And I will never stop chasing that feeling. I am beyond excited to bring everything you all taught me, to WWE. Thank you for the memories, and as always, WE are NXT.

A photo posted by Bayley (@itsmebayley) on Aug 24, 2016 at 11:53am PDT

A transcript follows:

Dear NXT,

Today I went into the Performance Center and had to clean out my locker.

After almost 4 years with NXT, it’s time for me to step away and the new crop of women to step up. I am so confident in the division and know we will see it be taken to newer heights. I’ve seen FCW shows grow from 12 people in the crowd to NXT payperviews with 15,000 in Brooklyn. NXT is my life, it’s everything I am, everything I’ve ever wanted in wrestling. The roster, the coaches, our bosses, our fans. All of it is everything I’ve ever wanted.

I couldn’t have dreamt up a better journey, and I couldn’t have asked for better support and love that all of you have embraced me with. I love this industry with all of my heart but I mean this when I say it, I would not be able to do the things I’ve done without you guys. You fans match our passion. With everything we give you in the ring, you give us right back as fans. And that’s what makes NXT special, and that’s what I’ll miss most.

I’ll miss my NXT family backstage, I’ll miss those once in a lifetime moments like doing Finn Balors entrance or teaming with Shinsuke Nakamura or standing in the ring for 10 minutes as you guys sing a song, and I’ll miss the proud feeling of being a part of it all. But I know it will continue. And I will never stop chasing that feeling. I am beyond excited to bring everything you all taught me, to WWE.

Thank you for the memories, and as always, WE are NXT.

Godspeed, you crazy, incredible, hugging machine.

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