The Polar Plunge, a Special Olympics Florida fundraiser, is 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 at Aquatica, 5800 Water Play Way, Orlando.
NXT diva Bayley will lead a group of NXT superstars and divas at the event.
The Polar Plunge is a statewide fundraiser where brave individuals and teams, alongside Special Olympics athletes, raise funds and awareness by plunging into Aquatica’s chilled down wave pool. All net proceeds benefit Special Olympics Florida programs and athletes.
“Being captain of the [NXT] team, I’m really excited about that,” Bayley said. “We’ve worked with Special Olympics Florida before, and I had so much fun doing that. It was really inspiring to meet all the athletes. So now that I’m a captain of a team that gets to participate with Special Olympics is nice, a cool acknowledgment. I’m excited.”
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Aquatica is usually warm and tropical, but once each year they chill down their wave pool so you can experience the “thrill of the chill” all while supporting a great cause. Plungers enjoy all of Aquatica’s heated rides the rest of the day.
“We had Special Olympians at the [WWE] Performance Center in the spring, and we all went through this circuit inside the gym,” Bayley said. “It’s stuff that we do on a daily basis, workouts that we do, and we all did it together. We did a few sets, and they kept up. The athletes were amazing. It was a lot of fun.”
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NXT TakeOver Live on WWE Network
Bayley competes in a Fatal-Fourway for the NXT divas’ title against Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and NXT divas’ champ Charlotte during WWE NXT TakeOver: Rival live on Wednesday, Feb. 11 on WWE Network from Full Sail University in Winter Park, near Orlando.
NXT moves to Wednesdays on WWE Network to avoid conflict with SmackDown on Thursdays on Syfy.
This fourth NXT Takeover special is headlined by NXT champ Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens for the NXT title.
Also, Finn Balor vs. former champ Adrian Neville to determine the No.1 contender for the belt and more.
There will be a meet-n-greet before the show.
“It’s always a lot of fun to get to interact with people and meet different fans,” Bayley said, “and now with WWE Network, the fan base and the [NXT] shows, they just keep growing larger and larger, more fans, and they love it. So it’s really cool to see how excited they are to see us. We feed off them.”
NXT in Fort Pierce
WWE NXT is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Fort Pierce.
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“It was a big show last time we were there, the largest crowd we ever had in Fort Pierce, and everyone had a great time,” Bayley said. “Our live events keep getting better and better. So when we come back to Fort Pierce on Feb. 13, it won’t be like the experience they had last time. It will be even better, a lot of surprises.
“NXT, right now, is something you want to be a part of. You don’t want to miss anything that’s going on in NXT.”
There will be a meet-n-greet before the show, which is included in the ticket price.
“We have autograph signings before every show, and I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of [some of] them,” Bayley said. “Fans come with pictures. People give me headbands, and girls have bracelets. It’s really cool to get to meet them.”
Fans bring homemade artwork of NXT superstars and divas like Bayley.
“People have fun doing artwork of us,” she said. “All of us look so different in different colors and gear with the masks and headbands and everything. People have a lot of fun drawing, and they’ll have us sign it, or they’ll give us copies. It’s really cool. I have a bunch of fan art. I love it.”
And fans love Bayley.
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