Going into 2020, AEW's women's division came under heavy criticism as the women were often not a focal point of Dynamite. The AEW Women's Championship was an afterthought with matches taking place, but lacking a story behind them.
Things slowly turned during the pandemic era as Britt Baker found herself as the top heel and garnered headlines through her feud with Thunder Rosa. Plus, Hikaru Shida began to establish the AEW Women's Championship, Jade Cargill's profile started to rise, and Tay Conti and Anna Jay made an impact.
Speaking to Sports Grind Entertainment, AEW Women's Champion Britt Baker discussed criticism of the division and how it has come along over the past year.
"It’s the quote: “Some people just like to watch the world burn.” There’s some people that are just never going to be satisfied, it doesn’t matter what we do. The match that I had with Thunder Rosa we put everything we had out there," she said. "We had the women’s eliminator tournament, we have so much to look forward to. We have so many talented females on our roster: myself, Hikaru Shida, Tay Conti, Red Velvet, Jade, Thunder Rosa, Anna Jay. It’s not something you can just turn a blind eye to anymore. We’ve improved so much, we’re putting out great content. So, at some point you have to really look at yourself in the mirror and say: Do you not like the women’s division, or do you just not want yourself to like the women’s division?"
Baker won the AEW Women's Championship from Shida at AEW Double or Nothing.
She is scheduled to team with Rebel against Vickie Guerrero and Nyla Rosa on the June 30 episode of Dynamite.
Fightful will have live coverage of a special Saturday edition of Dynamite beginning at 8 p.m. ET on June 26.