Posts Tagged ‘AEW Women’s World Champion’

AEW Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa recently spoke with TV Insider about the Forbidden Door, her title reign, and former WWE Superstar Paige.

While speaking about Paige, Rosa said that she has so much experience, and if she came to AEW, everybody would benefit from it.

“She has so much experience,” praised Rosa. “She has been wrestling since a young girl. I met her mother a few years ago at an independent show. She is a wrestler’s wrestler. She would bring something different to the women’s division as a wrestler or even if we needed a general manager. If she came to our door, I think everybody will benefit from it. If anyone comes to wrestle me. I’m open to any challenge. Whoever wants a piece of me, you know where to find me. If not, I’ll send you my number right now.”

WWE decided not to renew Paige’s contract when it expires in July. Paige last competed inside of a WWE ring at a live event on December 27, 2017, where she suffered an injury in a six-woman tag match. Paige would then officially announce her in-ring retirement, on the April 18, 2018 episode of “SmackDown.”

During her in-ring tournament, Paige had assumed several roles for the WWE including being the General Manager of “SmackDown” and the manager of the Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane).

AEW Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa spoke with Sportskeeda this week.

As noted, on Tuesday, an 18-year-old gunman walked into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and killed at least 19 children and two adults. Several wrestlers including Cody Rhodes and Jordynne Grace had reacted to the tragedy.

During the interview, Rosa revealed that she will be auctioning off her Double Or Nothing ring gear to help families, who lost their children in the Texas school shooting.

“This Sunday, I will be remembering the beautiful souls that just passed away, murdered, at school in Uvalde Texas,” announced Rosa. “I actually want to auction the gear that I’m wearing to help families with funeral services for the kids.”

Rosa is set to defend the AEW Women’s Title against Serena Deeb at AEW Double Or Nothing on Sunday, May 29.

AEW Double Or Nothing will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will air on B/R and traditional PPV providers in the US and on FITE TV for international audiences.

During the most recent MackMania Podcast, AEW Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa spoke about Tony Khan.

Rosa made it clear the AEW President is always willing to listen to talent and stated that she trusts his vision.

“He listens, and when you make sense, he will listen to what you have to say,” she said. “Sometimes I feel people might think, ‘why is he doing that?’ And I see that a lot on the internet, you guys have to believe in his vision, it is what it is. That’s one of the things that I have learned about him. Everything that he’s done from when I first started to now, I left it up to him.

“The build-up on the Light’s-Out match, and now, to having the match in San Antonio, that was great. I never went in and said, ‘no, I want to do this,’ it was, ‘I see your vision, and I’m going to make sure what you see is what you’re going to get.’ That’s what I said, and I made sure that I did everything in my power to do that, and I will continue to do that as a champion.”

Thunder Rosa also discussed what her dream match in professional wrestling is. For her, that would be getting the chance to work against Sarita. The AEW star deems her as a remarkable talent and believes they have a lot of similarities.

“She is in Mexico currently, and she is an inspiration for me to start becoming a professional wrestler, Sarita, or Sarah Stock. She was a trainer,” Rosa added. “I am working on some stuff, be patient. She is just one of the most talented female wrestlers I have ever seen. Her style is just remarkable, she worked in Mexico for so long, and she worked in America.

“She reminded me a lot of me, she went made a career in Mexico where she learned Spanish, she learned the trade over there, and she was a superstar in CMLL. It’s like me, I moved from Mexico to America, I learned American, all that stuff, and I became a star in the United States. I learned the language, too. There are so many similarities, and I have a lot of respect for her.”

When it comes to talent on the AEW roster, Toni Storm and Marina Shafir catch her eye. While she would also like to see some Japanese wrestlers be brought in to compete against.

“There’s a lot of new talent in AEW I haven’t wrestled, Toni Storm,” she said. “Marina Shafir, I think that would be really technical in the ring. I never wrestled Toni, so that would be really, really cool. Hopefully, they can bring some Japanese talent that I have not wrestled yet.”

During the latest episode of Talk Is Jericho, AEW Women’s Champion Britt Baker reflected on her tryout experience with WWE. She admitted the company only offered her the chance because of her looks. However, she was then rejected to sign with them because of her career in dentistry.

“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 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 were the females, in Orlando,” Britt Baker said. “It was all these extras, they were like testing our range of motion. We were like, ‘holy sh*t, we are getting signed.’ So we are celebrating, and I still talk to those girls all the time.

“But, Canyon Ceman, at the time, he was like the gatekeeper for independent wrestlers to get into NXT. He pulled me aside at the end of the tryout. And he was like, ‘you know, you’ve just started dental school. As a father, I have a hard time pulling you from a professional degree.’ My heart dropped.”

Britt Baker then went on to discuss how that was actually a positive thing. She also recalled how Canyon would stay in contact with her on a regular basis.

“But I owe him the world because I would have left dental school in a heartbeat to go to WWE,” she admitted. “Because I was young, dumb, and I was like, ‘I’m going to be NXT Women’s Champion,’ like that would have got me far, right? He stayed in touch with me every few months after that. Like, ‘let me know when you finish dental school, send me your matches,’ he always kept up with me.”

Mickie James would love a match with Britt Baker.

The Impact star, who recently opened wrestling’s trendy “forbidden door” for a brief WWE return at the 2022 Royal Rumble, told ‘Women’s Wrestling Talk‘ that she’s been impressed by how the reigning AEW Women’s Champion has been “kicking down doors” and “carving her own path” recently.

James isn’t so sure that wrestling fans would be expecting her to work an Impact vs. AEW ‘Champ vs. Champ’ bout either. That’s another reason to do it, and it’s why she views the thought as exciting; Mickie might not think anyone would see it coming, but the “forbidden door” gimmick has lost a bit of magic lately.

In other words, few fans would be truly shocked if Mickie was announced for a bout with Britt soon.

James told the podcast that she’s started talking to Baker here or there. They get on, and she can already tell they’d have some chemistry inside the ring. So, if Tony Khan is up for it and Impact are happy to loan her again, then Mickie would jump at the chance to work vs. Britt.

In an appearance on Rasslin with Brandon F. Walker, AEW Women’s World Champion Dr. Britt Baker DMD was asked about potential challengers in the AEW Women’s Division.

When asked if she was worried about running out of potential challengers for the title, Britt Baker revealed that wasn’t something she needs to worry about.

“That’s not my problem to worry about,” Baker said. “That’s theirs. I’m the champion. The problem is I’m assuming — I don’t know because they don’t act like it — but I’m assuming everybody else wants to be the champion. It’s their problem that I keep beating them, not mine. I think an open challenge would be very fun. There’s a lot of free agent women right now that I would love to wrestle and I think an open challenge would be great.”

Britt Baker was also asked about the recent street fight on AEW Rampage that saw Anna Jay and Tay Conti defeat The Bunny and Penelope Ford. The match received notoriety and was criticized by WWE in a recent statement.

Baker, who had a memorable Lights Out match herself last year with Thunder Rosa, was happy to see her match help influence other hardcore matches with women in AEW, and praised the efforts of Conti, Jay, Ford, and The Bunny.

“We were the first to do it,” Baker said. “We made it a reality. Like, ‘oh hey, women can have this type of match.’ And a good one. They killed it.”

Britt Baker would love to nab a spot on Dancing With The Stars.

The reigning AEW Women’s Champion called the broadcast her “favourite talent show” during an appearance on ‘Barstool Wrasslin‘. Baker, who is typically brash and outspoken in interviews these days, said that she hasn’t contacted the program’s producers yet, but is “manifesting” a gig before doing so.

Watch this space then.

Other wrestlers, like Chris Jericho, The Miz, Stacy Keibler and Nikki Bella, have all competed on various seasons of Dancing With The Stars. The most recent, Miz, earned WWE a ton of mainstream press for his role on the show. Maybe that’s something Britt would like to do for Tony Khan and All Elite?

Baker says she plans to become the first ever woman to hold a wrestling championship and the Mirrorball Trophy at the same time. If that happened, then AEW would have to green light the Women’s Title being off TV (at least AEW TV) for a spell whilst she trained and then worked the dancing competition.

Perhaps Adam Cole is a budding ballroom dancer himself? AEW’s power couple on ABC – don’t rule it out.

AEW Women’s Champion Britt Baker recently spoke with In The Kliq Podcast, where she reflected on a recent CM Punk promo. He claimed that Baker was one of the four pillars of AEW, and that is a statement she agrees with.

“I am glad someone said it because I agree. You can’t say AEW and the pillars without bringing up my name too,” Baker highlighted. “I’ve been here, I’ve been the face of the women’s division, and women’s wrestling is just as important as the men’s wrestling. So, to say that I am not a pillar, you need an examination. How could you possibly argue that?”

Britt Baker was then asked about the forbidden door and potential matches outside of AEW. However, for her, she has her eyes set on a free agent. That’s because the Doctor would like to face a former WWE Superstar.

“Not to kind of turn the tides here, but unfortunately, WWE has been releasing so many talents that right now you don’t even have to cross forbidden doors. There’s just so many amazingly talented free agents right now, period,” she said. “There’s just so many right now that I would love to wrestle that I’ve never wrestled before.

“Toni Storm, definitely,” Baker revealed as her ideal opponent. “Toni Storm, when you talk about top female wrestlers if she doesn’t come to mind, then you’re not watching. Because she’s absolutely phenomenal, she’s wrestled all over the world and I have never wrestled her. I would love to somehow, someway, someplace, lock up with her.”

Promos have become a huge part of Britt Baker’s game in AEW. She revealed that Tony Khan pushed for her to start doing them. However, she named two experienced members of the roster who have been helping her improve.

“Definitely Tony Khan,” on who helped with promos. “It was his idea to get me in the ring with a mic anyway. I worked really closely with Chris Jericho and Cody Rhodes on a lot of my promos. Just delivery. People don’t understand how important it is to just be confident when you’re delivering a promo. That’s everything. You can be singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Stars,” as long as you’re confident, people will listen.”

AEW star Britt Baker has that said while WWE has expressed an interest in signing her away from Tony Khan’s promotion in the past, she wouldn’t trust any offer the market leaders sent her way.

Speaking with Kenny McIntosh for Inside The Ropes Magazine #16, the reigning AEW Women’s World Champion confirmed that WWE had once shown signs of wanting to sign her. For her, however, trust is key:

I mean, exactly, I can’t disagree with you. They definitely expressed interest—unfortunately, I’ve got to pick and choose how I say this—but I just feel like you can’t trust anything with that company, whereas at AEW I’ve never been promised anything that didn’t follow through.

It seems this is a critical factor when it comes to Baker and her career:

So it’s something that, unfortunately, it’s sad that it comes down to that, that it makes a company not really desirable because you can’t trust anything they say. And I know business is business, and I understand totally that’s what it is, but as a wrestler, business is business as well.

In contrast, Britt has nothing but praise for how she has been treated in AEW thus far. She claimed that she loves going to work for the promotion, adding that if you are fortunate enough to find yourself in a job that never feels like work, you can’t give it up:

Everything AEW had done for me, with the growth I’ve had here, most importantly how much fun I have here, I truly love going to work every week; I never dread it and that is something that is invaluable, you can’t ever give that up and if you find something where not a day in your life feels like work then you absolutely can’t give that up. That’s where I’m at right now. I’m too thankful to AEW and Tony Khan and everybody who has trusted in me, because without them I wouldn’t be where I am right now.

WWE’s interest in Baker was last reported in September 2021, when Adam Cole told Renee Paquette of it during an appearance on Oral Sessions. This came just a few weeks after Britt had signed a multi-year contract extension with AEW.

Shown on camera expressing concern for boyfriend Adam Cole at NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2019 despite being told beforehand there was no chance of this happening, perhaps Baker’s lack of trust in WWE is warranted.

AEW Women’s World Champion Britt Baker is known for her oftentimes selfish and aggressive persona in the ring. However, she recently broke character to praise industry veteran Tony Schiavone.

Many fans know that Baker and Schiavone are friends behind the scenes, and AEW often uses this relationship in on-screen segments. The broadcaster frequently interviews the champion, and he was a guest at Baker’s holiday party on the “Holiday Bash” edition of AEW Dynamite.

During an appearance on the “In the Kliq” podcast, Baker discussed her bond with Schiavone and expressed her gratitude for his constant support. AEW’s resident dentist also made it clear that he has helped her with her promos.

“I will never be able to thank him for how much he’s helped me in all aspects of my life,” said Baker. “He’s one of my best friends, anytime there’s anything going on, good, bad, you know, he’s one of the first I call, first I talk to when I’m excited or to vent about [something] but just how he helped me, especially early on with those promos.”

Baker and Tony Schiavone have maintained a friendly relationship on screen, as she seems to be the only heel that Schiavone can tolerate. It’s rare for a heel wrestler of Britt Baker’s caliber to break character and state that others have played a part in their success. Still, the AEW Women’s World Champion went out of her way to give Schiavone credit.