Former AEW star Big Swole has detailed her creative frustrations and her “mini argument” with Britt Baker over their Tooth and Nail match.
At All Out in 2020, Dr. Britt Baker and Big Swole brought an end to their rivalry in unique style when they squared off in what was billed as a Tooth and Nail match. The bout was a cinematic one, taking place in a dentist’s office to play off Baker’s other career.
In the end, Big Swole won the match, but that proved to be the end of much of her involvement as a featured talent on Dynamite while Baker’s career went from strength to strength.
Speaking on the Public Enemies Podcast, Big Swole reflected on that match and her frustrations with it:
“I was the perfect person to turn her [Britt Baker] heel because they didn’t trust anybody else to do it because I had the most charisma, I had the most character. It’s just is what it is. It’s just in my nature, it’s just me and this is how I am off-screen and on-screen. So they needed somebody that was gonna, one, hold their weight and I did that and then some, because I do my job and I’m accountable.”
“So the Tooth and Nail match [at All Out], she wasn’t necessarily — she was ‘cleared’. I’m gonna put quotations up because it was like a grey area. I knew she could do stuff but she wasn’t cleared to have a match-match yet. But we were able to still do stuff. So we do cinematic but we couldn’t do any of the matches, like a real match and so we’re doing this and they have everything kind of laid out in a sense and I sh*t you not, I stopped production and — because we were in the last scene, towards down the hallway before I put the syringe in.”
“Now the syringe was her idea, so I was like, ‘Okay. We’re gonna do this’ and I look at Kenny [Omega], I was like, ‘Kenny, we haven’t wrestled. There’s no substance to this. This is just –‘ I don’t know what this is. This is a trailer at this point, you know? Because I couldn’t say certain things, I couldn’t make fun of her being a dentist and her Doctorate because she said that’s her real job. So we had like a mini argument about that because I was like, ‘Well, I’ve been making fun of you being a dentist this whole time. Why stop now?’”
“But, we got to the end and I was like, ‘Can we just put a little bit more into this? A little bit more.’ So I’m like — Kenny and I stopped for, it was at least 40 minutes to try to put some type of action into it so that’s when we came in, she did the fisherman onto the floor, whatever and we just started fighting-fighting if that makes sense until we got pretty much to the end and it was a long day. It was a really long day. It was a one-day shoot. It was a long one-day shoot at her friend’s dentist office that hadn’t opened yet.”
Swole contrasts that experience in AEW with her feud with Diamante in the company. The two women built a feud leading to a blow-off match mainly on AEW Dark. Big Swole adds that other women in the locker room thanked her for getting to be featured in that storyline:
“It leaves a sour taste in my mouth because it wasn’t necessarily what I wanted. I didn’t have reigns over everything or much of anything. I didn’t really have input that I wanted to like I did with ‘three strikes’ [against Diamante]. Now that was my baby, you know?”
“I came in there, I was like, ‘This is the idea, this is who I wanna do it with. This is going to work,’ and it… it told a complete story and I got more women into it and even women from the back were thanking me because they were like, ‘Thank you Swole for letting us get something’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, if I can work somebody into the story and it’s organic, I’m gonna do that’ because I want us to succeed.”
Swole finishes by naming some of the women in AEW that she wants to succeed because they went over and above when it came to the effort they put into their craft:
“I want people to see that we have some women in here that can just go. They have the charisma like, I’m a big fan of Nyla Rose, I’m a big fan Abadon and of course Kiera [Hogan] and Diamante and stuff like that. I love their work ethic and Jade [Cargill], Jade’s work ethic. They’re there, they were at training. It wasn’t mandatory but they were there, you know what I mean?”