Reigning AEW Women’s World Champion Dr. Britt Baker DMD has explained why she owes the world to a former WWE executive.
Britt Baker has set the wrestling world alight in AEW, building a reputation as the top female star in the company. Speaking to Chris Jericho on his Talk Is Jericho podcast recorded during the Jericho Cruise, Baker explained her earlier brushes with WWE and trying out for NXT:
“I had a tryout, I was fresh out of training, they gave me a tryout solely based on my looks, ‘oh, this is a cute girl.’ I got put in a group after the course where the training was all done, bumps and rolls, we can’t even walk by the end of the tryout.”
“It was me, Lacey Evans, and Bianca [Belair] were the females, in Orlando. It was all these extra physic-like [tests], they were like testing our range of motion. We were like, ‘Holy sh*t, we are getting signed. This is awesome So we are celebrating, and I still talk to those girls all the time.”
Baker however wasn’t signed as the man in charge of talent relations at the time, Canyon Ceman, was hesitant to pull her away from her degree in dentistry:
“Canyon, at the time, he was like the gatekeeper for independent wrestlers to get into NXT and he pulled me aside at the end of the tryout. He’s like, ‘You just started dental school, as a father I have a hard time pulling you from a professional degree.’”
“My heart dropped, but I owe him the world because I would have left dental school in a heartbeat to go to WWE because that’s what I was young, dumb. I was like, ‘I don’t need a degree,’ I’m going to be NXT Champion,’ like that would have gotten me far, right?”
According to Baker, she felt at the time that the rigours of dental school were keeping her from fulfilling her wrestling potential at the time, but recognises that everything worked out for the woman greeted across the country by those three all-important letters that her degree gave her:
“He stayed in touch with me like every three months after that. ‘Let me know when you graduate dental school. Send me your matches,’ and they always kept up with me and at the time, I thought dental school was ruining my life because I didn’t get to go do these like month-long tours in Japan.”
“I got to go for two weeks. I didn’t even get to go to the UK until after I graduated. But now, you guys are all chanting three letters because I’m a dentist, so I’m grateful for whatever planets aligned that I got to finish dental school and be a wrestler. I’m very thankful.”
Dr. Britt Baker DMD will be in action when AEW presents their Revolution pay-per-view on March 6th. Baker will defend her AEW Women’s World Championship against long-time rival and former NWA Women’s World Champion, Thunder Rosa.