AEW Women’s World Champion Britt Baker has recalled her early days on AEW Dynamite, saying that she was learning on the job.
Baker signed a deal with AEW in early 2019, becoming the company’s first contracted female star. Despite a series of minor injuries Baker proceeded to turn in numerous eye-catching performances over the next two years. The highlight arguably being her Unsanctioned Lights Out Match against Thunder Rosa which headlined the March 17th 2021 episode of Dynamite.
The star’s momentum continued to build culminating in her AEW Women’s World Championship victory over Hikaru Shida at Double or Nothing.
Baker has grown to become the figurehead of AEW’s fledgling women’s division, as the women’s roster has continued to expand.
In conversation with Matty Paddock of the Daily Star, Baker recalled how she had to learn on the job as AEW launched. Explaining that she didn’t have a Performance Center in which to hone her craft, only AEW Dynamite live on Wednesday nights.
“I love the NXT women’s division and am friends with so many of those girls… But they have a Performance Center. My Performance Center was AEW Dynamite, live on Wednesday nights. I was learning as we go… you train in the ring, you cut promos and practice as much as you can, but I don’t have a wrestling ring in my back yard, a television set-up or a hard cam to pan to. So, a lot of what you see on tv was just trial and error because, again, we don’t have that Performance Center. I think that’s why fans have taken a liking to me because they’ve been along for the ride with me since day one when I clearly didn’t know what I was doing! Now I humbly dub myself one of the faces of the whole company, and that has been a very challenging yet rewarding growth process.”
Baker continued by revealing that while she was presented as one of AEW’s top female stars from the very beginning, at the time she had never wrestled a match on live TV. The champion explained that much of the credit for her growth must go to AEW President Tony Khan who always believed in her.
“I would say that our women’s division was the least experienced with television wrestling I came in and was pushed as one of the top girls [but] I’d never wrestled a match on live TV, I had no idea what a hard cam was and had never cut a live promo. That really speaks to the support we had backstage and the mentors we had helping us. Tony Khan, from day one, saw something in me and never gave up on me. When you hear that from your boss… you can’t help but believe in yourself, and I attribute all my success as a heel to him having really good faith in me”
Baker is scheduled to make the first defence of her AEW Women’s World Championship at night two of Fyter Fest against Nyla Rose. The pair have been on a collision course since Rose crashed Baker’s championship celebration on Dynamite a little over a month ago.
While Rose is looking to regain the title that she lost to Hikaru Shida in February 2020.