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Britt Baker Claims WWE Were “Poking The Bear” Regarding Her Contract

Britt Baker

The current AEW Women’s World Champion Dr. Britt Baker DMD says WWE has made no secret that they were interested in bringing her to the company.

Baker has been part of All Elite Wrestling since the company’s inception in 2019. Since that time Baker has become the focal point of the women’s division in the company, capturing the AEW Women’s World Title at Double Or Nothing in May 2021.

Speaking to Renee Paquette and Miesha Tate on the Throwing Down podcast, Baker first discussed why WWE overlooked her after a tryout with the company:

“Originally, there was no AEW so everybody wanted to go to WWE,” Baker said. “That was the dream. And I had a tryout with WWE, and in my tryout was Bianca [Belair], Lacey [Evans], and I’m trying to think of the others, but there was a small group of us that had been picked to go do this secondary physical where it was like, ‘Oh man, we’re all getting signed! This is the crew.’”

“And then Canyon [Ceman] pulled me aside and said, ‘You know, as a father, I have a hard time pulling you from your academic career. You’re going to be a dentist so I want you to finish that and then email.’ And this was like year one of dental school, so I knew I still had four years to go. That like – my heart sunk because I was young, and dumb, and ready to leave dental school in a heartbeat for WWE.”

Britt Baker then added that she’s pleased with her decision of joining AEW although WWE has been “poking the bear” in relation to her joining the sports entertainment goliath:

“So thank God I didn’t, and then AEW came along just as I was finishing dental school and it was like the perfect storm for me. Because I could still practice dentistry three days a week, I could still travel, wrestle on TV, grow my craft, and to me, there was no – it’s not a question. Of course! Like, ‘Tony Khan, what’s up man? Let’s do this.’ And then it’s no secret because he’s already said it by now so the cat’s out of the bag. I’m not going to get in trouble.”

“WWE was definitely poking the bear a little bit through [Tony Khan] recently when I was with AEW. Like, ‘Hey, we’re really interested in her.’ Without teetering the lines of contract tampering, they definitely let me know they had interest in me. But it wasn’t a mutual thing, you know? I’m very happy in AEW, and I’m very content and thankful for all of the opportunities I’ve had there. This is where I want to stay.”

At All Out in September, Baker retained her AEW Women’s Title against Kris Statlander on the same night her long-term boyfriend and former NXT Champion Adam Cole made his debut for the company.

h/t Wrestling Inc. for the transcription