Ben Carter's fall got kicked off with a bang, and you can thank Britt Baker, master recruiter.
Carter revealed recently that Dr. Britt Baker DMD was responsible for bringing his name to Tony Khan's attention. Baker has also been credited publicly for getting Kylie Rae and Wardlow into AEW, and was flattered that Baker was willing to put her reputation on the line without meeting him.
"Yeah, it was very cool," Carter said to Fightful. "I’m a big fan of hers anyway, so that was cool that that was a thing to begin with. But, yeah, we had never actually formally met in person. She had just seen some things on Twitter and GCW shows she liked. That just shows how good of a person she is. She didn’t have to do that for me. But, she went to bat and it’s literally resulted in some of the best periods of time in my entire life. So, I can’t thank her enough for being the catalyst for that. It’s all surreal and that part is also really, really cool."
After Baker put in the good word, it was off to another veteran to get Carter booked. However, due to his lack of visa, AEW had to bring him in pro-bono.
"It was originally Christopher Daniels that reached out to me on Twitter and e-mail asking, “Would you be interested in coming and working a match or two? Just for us to have a look at you.” I was like, “Yes. Totally. 1000%.” I talked on the phone with a representative about, “We won’t be able to pay you because it’s illegal. Would you be interested in coming to do it for free?” I’m like, “I don’t care about the money. I’ll do it for free any day.” From there I was like, 'Sweet, let’s do this.'"
His work made quite an impression on a number of people in the wrestling industry, but it seems as if AEW founder made a great impression on him upon their first meeting.
"I met him when for the first time when I wrestled Ricky Starks on AEW. It’s crazy that Tony [Khan] is basically the equivalent of Vince McMahon. Because he’s so easy to talk to and the fact that I’ve played soccer, at a high level all my life, I’ve actually played against [the Fulham Academy] when I was playing for my [island of Jersey], we went over and played [Fulham], the sports director of [Fulham]. So, I’m having these back and forth conversations just spitting football with him. Like, talking about transfers that he’s made, hopes for the season. He’s asking me where I played. It’s an easy conversation, for sure. He’s a great human being. I thank him so much for the opportunity he’s given me," Carter said.
You can see our full interview with Ben Carter at the top of the page, and follow him on Twitter at this link.