Britt Baker was the very first woman to sign on for All Elite Wrestling.
Baker was a guest on a recent edition of the Women's Wrestling Weekly podcast. During the interview, she discussed how she was approached by All Elite Wrestling, her feud with Bea Priestley, and more.
The following highlights were passed along to Fightful by the Women's Wrestling Weekly team:
BRITT BAKER SHARES HOW SHE GOT THE CALL FROM AEW AND HER EXPERIENCES SO FAR
Well we all, everyone was kind of hearing the rumbles that something was coming. And you know I heard the same thing that everyone else did on Twitter, oh maybe this is happening, and then eventually, the Bucks and Brandi and Cody, I was doing Ring of Honor shows at the time, not signed or anything, no contract in and out, Ring of Honor shows, and then I finally got a call from Brandi right around Christmas last year, saying, “Hey, this is happening and we want you. So, what do we need to do to make this work?” and it was really easy, like I mean I was nervous because my requirements were, “I need to practice dentistry, and I went to school for 8 years and I could not sleep at night knowing that I just threw that degree out the window to you know live my professional wrestling dream every single week, but you know, so I always dreaded the day where I would have to pick and choose one of them and so I kind of just said, “I don’t want to have to give this up. And Brandi was awesome about it. And Tony was awesome and even to this day they are super understanding... On Thursday mornings, I take the first flight home from Dynamite, it's straight to the dentist's office. And they get me literally on the first flight from that airport.
BRITT BAKER CLEARS THE AIR ABOUT HER RIVALRY WITH BEA PRIESTLEY
This is going to be a battle. So it’s no secret, Bea gave me a concussion at our first time we ever stepped in the ring together. Bea’s first step in an AEW ring was “Get in, Step, Step, Kick, Concussion” to me. So, um, You’re trying to keep it as fan-friendly as possible right now, but there’s definitely a little bad blood there and I just kind of, you know, put it all out there with the promo that we released last night and I really feel everything that I said in that. I was severely concussed to the point where I couldn’t go to work for a week, I lost all peripheral vision on my left eye and there was, had to go see retinal specialists, neuro-ophthalmologists and I mean like... I had to go see specialists I didn’t know existed and I’m in the medical world. So you know, That was hard, that was like a physical and mental challenge, a little hill for me to overcome, and that’s always in the back of your mind, well what if it happens again? What if it happens again? Granted I know we’re putting our bodies at risk every time we step into the ring but I just think it was very like, she didn’t give a damn, too, for lack of better words. And I don’t think she cares about really anybody and anybody’s wellbeing but herself. So there’s a way of being, you know, competitive and there’s others that are just reckless. With that being said, I’m definitely watching my back this weekend and she better watch hers too.