AEW Women’s Champion Britt Baker recalled Tony Khan’s response to her appearing in the crowd during her partner Adam Cole’s WarGames match in 2019.
During the 2019 edition of NXT TakeOver: WarGames, Adam Cole and the Undisputed Era faced off against the team of Tommaso Ciampa, Dominic Dijakovic, Keith Lee, and the surprise entrant Kevin Owens. The brutal match took its toll on Cole, and Britt Baker could be seen in the crowd with a visceral reaction as her partner took an Air Raid Crash off the cage and through two tables.
However, Britt Baker was signed to AEW at the time her concerned image was used on the NXT event. While crowd reactions are nothing out of the ordinary in wrestling, it’s very rare to see someone signed to a rival promotion featured.
Speaking to Inside the Ropes’ Kenny McIntosh for issue 16 of Inside the Ropes Magazine, Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. explained that she approached both AEW President Tony Khan as well as EVP’s The Young Bucks before she attended her partner’s match that night as she had been to every one of his TakeOver matches previously but didn’t want to cause conflict.
“I had asked both Tony Khan and the Bucks. I said, ‘This is a really big match for him,’ and I had been to every TakeOver—people didn’t know who I was at the time—up until then and I said, ‘Is it ok if I go? If not, that’s totally fine, I don’t mind.’ And Tony said, “Britt, you’ve gone to every one of Adam’s matches, why would you not go now just because you’re signed to this company? You can go—please go.” So that was really cool to have his blessing.
Britt Baker went on to recount feeling like she might get in trouble after her image was used, but that Tony Khan was actually pleased with the way things panned out.
“When they showed me in the crowd, I didn’t know—I had no idea until I look down at my phone and I had thousands of tweets, and I was trending and I said, “Oh my God, what happened?” And I saw it and I immediately panicked—I thought I was going to be in trouble. And I wasn’t—it was the exact opposite.
“Tony was like, ‘Britt, this was great! An AEW wrestler was trending on the night of an NXT pay-per-view.’ I was the top Google trend of the entire night and it actually worked out in our favour, so I don’t know if it was intentional or not—they said it wasn’t, I have no idea one way or another—but at the end of the day it was pretty cool.
The dentist did recall being horrified, however, because seeing her partner take such a devastating move was a scary ordeal.
“But it was absolutely horrifying, because when he took the Air Raid Crash off the top of the cage, literally, my heart stopped. It always scares me when they’re not moving and the ref is spending a little too much time with a wrestler, y’know, it makes your stomach drop for a second, and that’s pretty much where I was at.”
WWE has since removed the footage of Baker’s appearance from the Peacock replays of WarGames.
Britt Baker has reigned as AEW Women’s Champion since defeating Hikaru Shida at Double Or Nothing in May of 2021. She has gone on to defend her title against a variety of opponents, most recently gaining a coveted victory against the first woman to hold the prestigious title, Riho.
Adam Cole is also now signed to AEW, and on the January 12th episode of Dynamite, the couple appeared for the first time together on-screen as Britt Baker made her way to the ring to align with her partner. Adam Cole and Britt Baker are scheduled to take on Orange Cassidy and Kris Statlander in a mixed tag team match on next week’s edition of Dynamite.