Britt Baker’s growth as a pro wrestler has certainly been a significant one, ever since she debuted in AEW back in 2019. Baker’s hard work certainly paid off in a huge way as she has become one of the top stars in the entire company and not just the women’s division. It seems she is thankful about never getting into WWE NXT as well.
Baker has been booked as a strong AEW Women’s Champion, ever since she won it from Hikaru Shida back at Double Or Nothing last year. Since then she has competed in numerous feuds.
While speaking on Talk Is Jericho, Britt Baker talked about her tryout experience with WWE. Baker admitted she only for the opportunity because of how she looked.
Baker ultimately rejected the offer as she would’ve had to leave dental school. Looking back, Britt Baker is thankful she never got into WWE NXT in the end.
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.
But I owe him the world because I would have left dental school in a heartbeat to go to WWE. 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.”
Britt Baker is set to defend her AEW Women’s Championship against Thunder Rosa at AEW Revolution on March 6th. It remains to be seen whether she will end up retaining her title or not.
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h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes