Dr. Britt Baker defended the “art” of professional wrestling recently when she commented on WWE’s developmental system. The company has stressed non-wrestlers and has made it policy to not hire most independent grapplers. Baker said there’s a difference between a good look and a good performance.
She described the WWE developmental approach as formulaic. She thinks it teaches non-wrestlers to become one-size-fits-all sports entertainers. The approach doesn’t work because people have their own individual traits. She aired her opinions in a piece about AEW by Timothy Bella of The Washington Post.
“I don’t think putting a bunch of models and athletes off the street in a warehouse and teaching them all to do the same thing the same way at the same time is going to create a successful roster. People learn differently and they have different strengths and weaknesses, and sometimes you have to find out what those are on your own.”
Britt was responding to comments made by WWE President Kick Kahn regarding the company’s new approach to talent development in NXT 2.0. The company is also considering changes in the way they sign and retain wrestlers. They are focused on younger talent with little or no pro wrestling experience.
It is worth noting that Britt Baker has never worked in WWE’s developmental system. Her relationship with Adam Cole, however, would give her some insider knowledge. Cole left NXT to sign with AEW and debuted in September after a long stint with the brand.
Britt Baker is the current AEW Women’s World champion. She signed a multi-year contract extension with Tony Khan’s promotion earlier this year. She is also legitimate dentist, with a practice in Orlando, Florida. She has said that she didn’t sign with WWE because she wanted to pursue dental school first.
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