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A new report from Voices of Wrestling’s Joe Lanza paints a chaotic picture of All Elite Wrestling’s women’s division behind the scenes, where heat between two top stars has allegedly been brewing for years.

Last night’s AEW Dynamite was preceded by company CEO Tony Khan hosting a backstage talent meeting touching on a number of topics, including talk of issues between various wrestlers. Later, a tearful Thunder Rosa said during the broadcast that she was unable to defend her Women’s World Title due to injury, leading to AEW announcing a four-way pitting Britt Baker, Hikaru Shida, Jamie Hayter, and Toni Storm against each other for the interim strap.

Lanza touched on these situations during VOW’s Instant Reaction LIVE show after Dynamite. On the women’s division, he noted longstanding issues between Baker and Rosa, who have reportedly “been mortal enemies for years.” In addition, Hayter now has heat with Rosa, leading to an issue where the Women’s World Champion allegedly hid from Hayter in a backstage bathroom out of fear she was going to be attacked:

“There are way more onscreen feuds where the people legitimately hate each other than people think in AEW. Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa cannot stand one another. They have been mortal enemies for years now at this point. They can’t look each other in the eye. They hate each other’s guts. Jamie Hayter now cannot stand Thunder Rosa. Thunder Rosa broke Jamie Hayter’s nose in a match, then Thunder Rosa was scared that Jamie Hayter was going to beat the living shit out of her and was hiding in a bathroom. Things are ugly in the back, and this is why they’re having meetings, and all of this is starting to come out now, and it’s just a mess. I don’t know if Thunder Rosa legitimately can’t wrestle or if they’re just sending her away so some people can cool off, I don’t know.”

Jamie suffered the aforementioned broken nose in a Women’s World Title match with Thunder Rosa at Battle of the Belts III, which was taped on 5 August.

On Rosa’s injury status, Lanza stated:

“She was hurt several weeks back and did come back and wrestle, I know that she was wrestling hurt. I don’t know if she re-aggravated an injury. This was like two hours ago, I haven’t talked to anybody… maybe she is hurt. Do I think she was working? I don’t know, I saw some real emotion there and Britt Baker rubbed it in later. She totally rubbed it in later.”

Baker addressed the injury during her Dynamite victory over KiLynn King, doing so with a gleeful tone. Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp has since confirmed that Thunder Rosa is legitimately hurt:

Continuing, Lanza elaborated on the reported issues between Hayter and Rosa, offering more details on what is alleged to have gone down:

“There was the dropkick to the back of Jamie Hayter’s head and Hayter didn’t take kindly to it. Word got back to Thunder Rosa that Hayter was coming for her and then they had that singles match on Rampage, and Rosa broke her nose in the match and Rosa was afraid Hayter was going to shoot on her and she was hiding in the bathroom allegedly all day. This is the craziness that’s been going on there. There’s just wild shit going on in that locker room right now and it ain’t just Punk and Hangman, it’s up and down the locker room.”

There is currently no word on the nature of Thunder Rosa’s injury. Her expected recovery time has not been disclosed either.

Over the last few days, Britt Baker has seemingly been everywhere talking about the matches she would love to have. One involved a singles match with AJ Lee. Another involved a mixed tag team match between Baker and boyfriend Adam Cole against Lee and her husband, AEW World Champion CM Punk. And then there’s Paige, the former WWE star who is more than open to tangling with Baker in the ring someday.

In an interview with Sportskeeda, Baker was asked whether AEW could be the right landing spot for Paige now that she’s on the free agent market.

“I think AEW could be the right place for anybody, really,” Baker said. “We have such a good platform, we have such good coaches, we have the best fans in the world.”

Baker then proceeded to gush about Paige and the influence the former WWE Divas Champion had on her career.

“I’m a huge fan of Paige,” Baker said. “I love her, I love her mom, I wrestled her mom before, actually. She’s such an inspirational female. That girl has gone through it all, and she’s still, pardon my swearing, but she’s such a bad bitch. She has such a ‘let everything roll off your back’ energy. You can’t get to her. She holds her head high.

“Her in a wrestling ring again, if I’m not in the match, I want to be at ringside watching it, because she was one of my favorites to watch. Her energy, when she would come out and skip, do the sideways skip to the ring, it made me so excited. I used to play her entrance music in my car. I’m a huge Paige fan.”

If there’s one thing Dr. Britt Baker DMD likes, it’s the idea of big matches. In the past, the former AEW Women’s World Champion has expressed her desire to wrestle top stars like disgruntled (and possibly released) WWE star Sasha Banks and even recently released free agent Saraya, fka Paige. And then there’s the possibility of mixed tag matches with Baker’s long-time significant other, fellow AEW star Adam Cole.

While speaking with TV Insider at San Diego Comic-Con alongside Darby Allin, Orange Cassidy, AEW TBS Champion Jade Cargill, and AEW World Champion CM Punk, Baker revealed one of those dream mixed tag matches, which happened to feature one of the people she was sitting with.

“I would like to have a mixed tag match with myself and Adam Cole, who is my boyfriend, with possibly CM Punk and his beautiful wife,” Baker said, referring to former three-time WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee.

The idea drew out some banter between Punk and Baker, with Punk jokingly asking when Baker and Cole were getting married, as he and Lee “don’t trifle with boyfriend/girlfriend duos.”

“We’re working on it. We’re busy,” Baker said. “I’m a wrestler and a dentist. But wife soon, someday. Not today.”

Marriage vows aside, a potential Baker/Cole vs. Punk/AJ Lee match will have to wait, regardless, as Punk continues to recover from an injured foot. The AEW World Champion was seen with a walking boot throughout SDCC, and while he and AEW owner Tony Khan both said he was healing, there is no timetable as it stands for his return to the ring.

Baker, meanwhile, will at least be able to keep busy. She and partner Jamie Hayter were successful in tag team action this past Friday on “AEW Rampage,” and the duo is expected to be closely watching Thunder Rosa Wednesday night on “AEW Dynamite,” when Rosa defends the AEW Women’s World Championship against Miyu Yamashita.

Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D has one hand in the wrestling industry and another in dentistry but, unfortunately for her, they’re the same hand.

In a recent interview with “Mel Magazine”, Dr. Baker said she manifested her biggest fear last year when she fractured her right wrist during her reign as AEW Women’s World Championship in 2021, “and I’m right-handed. That was tricky.

“I didn’t want to take any time off,” Baker continued, “I didn’t want to let the fans down, my boss down, the women’s division down, or the roster down, so I fought through it.”

Wrestling wasn’t the only tricky aspect of the wrist injury, as Dr. Baker’s other profession also requires considerable use of her hands. “I had to delay a lot of appointments with extractions and heavy-duty dental office stuff,” she said, explaining that her inability to wear the brace as often as required delayed healing. “I was able to still work in the dental office. I just had to be choosy about what I could do or not do.”

The trials and tribulations were an opportunity for growth and learning. Baker described the injury as an “eye-opening experience,” realizing that, “in the blink of an eye, something you love can be taken from you, so we need to be thankful and we need to be careful.”

Baker won the AEW Women’s World Championship and held it for 290 days before finally being unseated by current champion Thunder Rosa on March 16th of this year. Baker has since gone on to win the Women’s Owen Hart Invitational Tournament at AEW Double or Nothing, defeating Ruby Soho in the finals.

In an outcome telegraphed the moment it was announced that AEW’s inaugural Owen Hart Foundation Tournament winners would be presented with their awards alongside one another, real-life couple Adam Cole and Britt Baker were triumphant at Double Or Nothing 2022.

Cole defeated Samoa Joe in the first of the two finals, wearing the veteran’s injured shoulder down but ultimately profiting from a Bobby Fish interference. His Boom to the back of Joe’s head was enough to seal the deal.

Following this, Britt reversed a Ruby Soho Victory Roll to get a clean 1-2-3 on the babyface. Both were hugely over in the building after what appeared to be a Rampage anomaly, where she was jeered after felling Kris Statlander in their semi-final.

Owen’s widow, Dr. Martha Hart, who established the Foundation following her husband’s death, was brought out by Tony Khan to address the crowd – and the tournament winners. Finally able to celebrate Owen’s wrestling legacy 23 years on, her speech was stirring and impactful, no matter your subjective thoughts on who won and lost the tournament finals.

Pink belts were presented to Cole and Baker following Dr. Martha’s speech, rounding off a great conclusion to a tournament that perhaps didn’t hit the expected heights between the ropes.

Ruby Soho will get a chance at redemption against Britt Baker at AEW “Double Or Nothing”.

Last night’s AEW “Rampage” included the final semifinal round match of the women’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament when Soho went one-on-one against Kris Statlander. With a quick roll-up pin for the victory, Soho advances to the final round of the tournament to face Britt Baker D.M.D. The winner will receive the Owen Cup trophy, awarded to them by Dr. Martha Hart, Owen’s widow.

Baker and Soho have previously wrestled one another in a high-profile match when Baker, the AEW Women’s Champion at the time, defended her title against Soho. At AEW “Grand Slam” that night, Baker got the best of Soho and would retain her title.

Soho previously defeated Robyn Renegade in the qualifying round and Riho in the quarterfinals to get to her semifinal match against Statlander. Regarding Baker, she defeated former WWE NXT star Danielle Kamela in the qualifying round, Maki Itoh in the quarterfinals, and Toni Storm in the semifinals to get to the finals this Sunday.

On the men’s side of the tournament, the finals were determined over the past two weeks when Adam Cole defeated Jeff Hardy on the 5/18 “Dynamite”, and then ROH World Television Champion Samoa Joe defeated Kyle O’Reilly on this week’s episode. The two men will compete to determine who will win the men’s version of the Owen Cup.

Adam Cole says three big factors pushed him to sign with AEW last year. But he stressed that the biggest was his relationship with former AEW Women’s Champion Dr. Britt Baker. Cole says it was difficult for them to spend time together while he was working for WWE.

“One of the biggest things was getting to be around and see Britt a lot more,” Cole said during a panel discussion at Motor City Comic Con earlier this month. “At the time, our schedules were so different that there’d be some times that I’d see her for maybe half a day, one day a week. Sometimes I wouldn’t see her for weeks at a time. So getting to travel with her and just being behind the curtain when she walks through after she’s done a match or a promo is really nice.”

Cole spent four years in WWE, most of it as a top start in the company’s NXT brand. Cole won the NXT Championship and the NXT North American Championship. But while he was enjoying great personal success, he was also watching what was happening in AEW.

“It just looked like so much fun,” Cole recalled. “You know, I had known tons of people on the roster, but to see these crazy, wild crowds every single week, I was like, ‘God, I’d love to wrestle in front of these fans.’”

Cole eventually left WWE after his contract expired last August. Just days later, he made his AEW debut at the end of the company’s “All Out” pay-per-view last September.

Cole said another major factor in his decision to jump to AEW was his not wanting to give up streaming on Twitch. WWE’s policy on Twitch streaming.

In 2020, Wrestling Inc. was the first to report on WWE introducing a new policy for its talents on third-party platforms. Talents are permitted to maintain Twitch and YouTube accounts under their real names. However, WWE is in control of those accounts and the company receives a percentage of the revenue, which counts against the talents’ downside guarantees.

AEW’s Adam Cole recently spoke with Stephanie Chase about getting to work with Britt Baker in AEW. While he got the chance to do it on the independent scene, he was excited to do that again when joining his new company.

“That was really cool, there was a phase where I finished up with ROH before I was going to go to NXT. For three months, I had been doing independent shows leading up to my NXT debut,” he said. “This was right around the time when I started dating Britt, so I would be booked on shows where she would also be booked on the show. And we got to team a couple of times in that three-month period, which was really cool.

“Then I, of course, go to NXT, Britt is with AEW. I get to watch Britt develop into this amazing performer that she’s turned into. So coming in AEW, of course, right away, I am thinking, ‘oh man, it’s going to be so cool and so much fun when we get the chance to team up together.’ It just felt like the right time at that moment to be able to go that route in the angle I was doing with Orange Cassidy.”

Adam Cole stated that getting the chance to work on the same roster is a lot of fun. He thinks that the difference between being able to walk with her backstage to talking on Facetime is nicer.

“There’s a picture of us, or maybe it’s a GIF, where we are standing there warming up, standing in the ring. Britt’s in her gear, I am in my gear, and we are looking at the entrance ramp. It makes me so happy,” he added. “For years, me and Britt have always been used to long-distance relationships because that’s how we started.

“So getting to actually be behind the curtain when she walks through, or walk to the ring with her vs. a five-minute Facetime afterward is much nicer. Like you said, a lot of people know that we are together but we haven’t really acknowledged that on-screen, so I am glad we got the chance to do that on-screen and have that match.”

When it comes to thinking of a con for working with his partner, it is down to worry. Adam Cole admits he is more concerned for Britt during her matches than he is ahead of his own.

“It’s interesting when you’re in there with someone that you love so much. You do worry about them more than normal. When Britt wrestles in a big match, like the cage match she had with Thunder Rosa, I get more nervous for that than my own stuff. I still get very nervous for my own performances,” he stressed. “But when it’s someone that you care about, you worry about their safety and all that stuff.

“I am back there just pacing and watching the whole time. So being in there and watching her, like if something looks like it was a nasty fall or whatever, I try my best to stay in that Adam Cole zone of not thinking about anything else other than the match. So, I would say the biggest negative, if you want to call it one, is that I worry about her more.”

Former AEW Women’s Champion Britt Baker filed to trademark her signature “D.M.D.” title with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on April 19th.

Michael E. Dockins, who has helped many wrestlers obtain their desired trademarks in the past, assisted Baker in the filing. The full description can be seen below:

“G & S: Entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibits and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer; Entertainment services, namely, live appearances by a a professional wrestling and sports entertainment personality; Entertainment services, namely, personal appearances by a a professional wrestler and sports entertainer; Entertainment services, namely, televised appearances by a professional wrestler and sports entertainment personality; Organization, arranging and conducting of sumo wrestling competitions; Providing wrestling news and information via a global computer network; Providing online interviews featuring a professional wrestling and sports entertainment personality in the field of professional wrestling and sports entertainment for entertainment purposes.”

Apart from her thriving in-ring career, Baker is also a practicing dentist, hence the term D.M.D. (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry). She previously revealed that she still strives to maintain a full-time schedule with her dental practice while wrestling on AEW each week.

Baker recently lost the title to the current champion, Thunder Rosa, ending her 290-day streak, the second-longest reign in the history of the AEW Women’s Title. She qualified for the women’s AEW Owen Hart Foundation Tournament on this past week’s Dynamite and is looking to win the whole thing to show she is still the top woman in AEW.

Another women’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament qualifying match took place on AEW Dynamite, and it saw former AEW Women’s Champion Britt Baker vs. former WWE NXT star Danielle Kamella (f.k.a. Vanessa Borne).

In her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Britt pulled out the victory by applying The Lockjaw for the submission. Britt joins Ruby Soho, Toni Storm, Jamie Hayter, Red Velvet, and Hikaru Shida as the sixth woman to qualify for the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament.

Each tournament will have 16 competitors. The first-round matches will begin on May 11 during the live AEW Dynamite from the UBS Arena at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY.

The finals of the two tournaments will take place at the Double Or Nothing pay-per-view on May 29 in Las Vegas. Dr. Martha Hart will be there live to present the winners with the trophy, being billed as “The Owen” cup.