Britt Baker had to adapt on the fly as the face of the AEW women's division.
Baker had limited to no TV experience when she signed with AEW and was immediately looked at to carry the women's division. Baker struggled as a babyface during the early months of Dynamite, but found her character as a heel in early 2020.
Speaking to Matty Paddock of the Daily Star, Baker discussed how she had to learn on the fly in AEW.
"I love the NXT women’s division and am friends with so many of those girls,” she said. “But they have a Performance Center. My Performance Center was AEW Dynamite, live on Wednesday nights. I was learning as we go… you train in the ring, you cut promos and practice as much as you can, but I don’t have a wrestling ring in my back yard, a television set-up or a hard cam to pan to. So, a lot of what you see on tv was just trial and error because, again, we don’t have that Performance Center. I think that’s why fans have taken a liking to me because they’ve been along for the ride with me since day one when I clearly didn’t know what I was doing! Now I humbly dub myself one of the faces of the whole company, and that has been a very challenging yet rewarding growth process."
Baker continued by noting, "I would say that our women’s division was the least experienced with television wrestling I came in and was pushed as one of the top girls [but] I’d never wrestled a match on live TV, I had no idea what a hard cam was and had never cut a live promo. That really speaks to the support we had backstage and the mentors we had helping us. Tony Khan, from day one, saw something in me and never gave up on me. When you hear that from your boss… you can’t help but believe in yourself, and I attribute all my success as a heel to him having really good faith in me"
Baker's work ethic has turned jeers into cheers as of late as she heads for her first AEW Women's Title defense against Nyla Rose on Wednesday.
You can find Baker's comments on the crowd cheering for her since winning the AEW Women's TItle by clicking here.
Fightful will have live coverage of AEW Dynamite beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday.