Britt Baker has heaped praise on Tony Schiavone, describing the announcing legend as one of her best friends.
Ever since Britt Baker turned heel in early 2020, her run in AEW has become intertwined with announcer Tony Schiavone. The veteran commentator was the man holding the microphone as Baker cut her first promos as a ‘bad guy’ and the pair shared a memorable embrace at Double or Nothing in May 2021 when she won the AEW Women’s World Championship.
As the months have passed, the pair have developed a friendship off-screen which is now regularly highlighted across AEW programming.
Speaking in a new interview with the In The Kliq podcast, Baker explained that Schiavone has been instrumental to her growth both inside and outside the ring. The Women’s Champion recalled being full of nerves as she cut her first promos as a heel, but came to realise that the former voice of WCW would always be on hand to help.
Yeah, oh my gosh, he’s [Tony Schiavone] the best. I will never be able to thank him for how much he’s helped me in all aspects of my life. He’s one of my best friends. Anytime there’s anything going on, good, bad, you know, he’s one of the first I call, first I talk to when I’m excited or to vent about [something] but just how he helped me, especially early on with those promos.
When I first turned heel, I don’t know where I would be without him because it was — I was so nervous to be cutting these live promos as a bad guy, something I had never done before and I just always knew in the back of my head, ‘Hey, if anything goes wrong, I have Tony Schiavone here. Like he’s pretty good at this. We’re gonna be okay.’ So just to have him there and along for the ride and just like this lasting friendship I have with him, I’m so thankful for.”
Britt Baker was most recently in action at AEW Battle of the Belts where she defeated Riho to retain her AEW Women’s World Championship.
H/t to POST Wrestling for the transcription.