Although she might not be the Women’s Champion, Britt Baker remains one of the biggest names in AEW women’s division.
After a slow start to life with the company Britt Baker’s skills on the microphone helped establish her as a key part of the women’s roster. The star went on to begin a feud with Thunder Rosa which featured the critically acclaimed Unsanctioned Lights Out Match at Dynamite St Patrick’s Day Slam. By the time Baker captured the Women’s Championship at Double or Nothing 2021, her position at the top of the division was secure.
Britt Baker Considers Herself The Face Of The Women’s Division
During an appearance on Swerve City with Swerve Strickland and Monteasy, the star discussed her role within the division, and how her skills outside of the ring have helped raise her value even higher.
“I do consider myself the face of the women’s division. That’s a job and that’s a priority. Me doing what I do at TV every week, me being on TV is a presence. I’m one of the top stars in the division, but I’m doing all these outside things that are given to me and hitting home runs left and right.
If you send me to Comic Cons, not only am I going, but I’m gonna network and meet this person and that person and be like, ‘Have you heard of AEW? Let me tell you about this.’ Next thing you know, we have John Kreese (Martin Kove) from Cobra Kai showing up at AEW Dynamite. I’m taking advantage of every single opportunity.
I do get compared to Charlotte [Flair] all the time on Twitter. For me, okay cool, one of the best women’s wrestlers of all time. You’re so mean for calling me that. People don’t understand the constant pressure that comes with all the hate that you get. We are people.
On Twitter, they dehumanize us, ‘Oh, we’re just wrestling characters,’ but we’re not, we’re people. This is our job and we want to be good at our job. You’re doing everything you can to not mess up, but sometimes you still might. The next day, you’re working ten times harder to make sure you’re not making the same mistakes because we’re human,”
Continuing on, Baker commented on how her position leaves her open to criticism, especially from fans on social media.
“Being the face of the division, you’re under a microscope. No matter what you’re doing, what you’re saying, everyone has you under a microscope and they are looking for any second to twist and turn your words. To watch a match, and all of a sudden they know it all. ‘Oh, I see what happened there. Britt did this wrong because she did that wrong and told Tony (Khan) this, this and this. That’s why this happened.’
No, it’s not. This was written three weeks ago. You can’t let that get in your brain or you will drive yourself insane, because I have. It’s taken talking to people like Chris Jericho, Tony Schiavone, and Tony Khan to say, ‘Do not listen to Twitter. Get it out of your head. It’s not real. Listen to your co-workers and peers and people you look up to in wrestling. Listen to the fans.'”
AEW’s resident dentist added that while she’s flying high now, it wasn’t always that way, reflecting on the chequered start to her AEW career.
“People forget before I was in the position that I’m in, I lost to every girl on the roster like two or three times. My first year and a half, I was always losing. Babyface and even when I was a heel, I was losing to the point where it was time for me to get ready to challenge (Hikaru) Shida, my record was so bad, I had to do ten Dark matches to get my record up,”
Returning to the topic of Charlotte Flair, Britt Baker said that the WWE star has been “fantastic” towards her.
“Back to Charlotte, her and I have chatted, and she has given me so much great advice just to get through this. She’s given me solid advice to just stay true to what you know is true. Don’t worry about the narratives that fans are creating or what they want to be true because you know what’s going on and what you’re working with. She’s been fantastic to me,”
In recent months it has been reported that the in-ring rivalry between Thunder Rosa and Britt Baker actually translated into issues backstage, with it being noted that the pair “can’t stand each other.” Despite the story going quiet it has been reported that the issues between the pair remain unresolved.
H/t to Fightful