AEW wrestler Britt Baker has hidden secret in Wembley gear after wardrobe mishap
AEW star Britt Baker, D.M.D. has reflected on one of her most embarrassing moments in wrestling and how she’s preventing a repeat at Wembley Stadium.
The 32-year-old wrestler, who is still a working dentist away from All Lite Wrestling but recently took a step back to focus on her in-ring career, is gearing up to challenge for the AEW Women’s World Championship this weekend at All In London.
Recalling a particularly awkward moment, she exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘I can’t remember when it was, there was definitely a match where I put the glove on the wrong hand.
‘It’s a right handed glove, the side matters, so that was a moment where I was like, “Are you kidding me?!” I think it was live TV as well, so it’s not even something I could figure out how to get around. It was just, here it is, black and white!
Britt uses a glove on her hand to deliver her appropriately named Lockjaw move – her own dentistry spin on WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley’s Mandible Claw – and she’s put some plans in place to avoid any mishaps under the Wembley arch.
‘I actually have my gear maker put some sort of something on the glove now so I can’t ever mess it up again. There’ll be a crystal on the right side facing out – there’s some sort of something,’ she laughed.
‘That can be a nice little Easter egg, if somebody can figure out what it is on the glove that helps me make sure I’m putting it on the right hand!’
All Elite Wrestling – the closest rival to WWE – is run by Fulham boss Tony Khan, and has its roots in 2018 independent wrestling event All In, which saw Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks sell out the Sears Centre Arena in Chicago.
The 11,000-strong crowd made it the biggest independent show of all time, and Britt – whose husband Adam Cole will face MJF in the main event of All In – admitted this weekend sees things coming full circle.
‘It’s very surreal, and it is kind of a callback because at the time, I thought that the first All In was the biggest thing I would have ever done in my career. I was so excited and so nervous for it,’ she said.
‘Flash forward now, it’s those same feelings all over again. I feel like [Wembley] is the biggest thing I might ever done in my career, it’s the biggest stage I might ever be on – and it’s that pressure all over again.’
The former champion acknowledged how much the company has grown since its launch as AEW in 2019, and she confessed there are plenty of ‘unexpected challenges’ which comes with that growth.
‘Definitely with the growth in size, you really have to be prepared for anything. There’s a lot of unexpected changes, a lot of things last minute you need to be prepared to adjust to,’ she added.
‘The plans, you really don’t know what’s gonna happen, you don’t know what talent are gonna be available, who the fans are gonna like, who they’re gonna hate. And now we have three shows on top of that, so you have to tie everything in with what’s on Dynamite, what’s on Rampage, what’s on Collision.’
There is also the balance of keeping the growing roster happy too, and Britt admitted she doesn’t envy the task Tony Khan is facing when it comes to striking the right balance.
‘It’s a job that I wouldn’t want, so I’m glad it’s Tony Khan and not me trying to divvy up all this TV time,’ she chuckled. ‘You don’t just take out a piece of paper and write down names and that’s the [Wembley] card, there’s a lot more that goes into it.
‘People just need to really remember that and understand that! I think Tony’s doing a really good job, there’s a lot of pressure and he’s really been staying strong through all of it.’
A big part of the company’s growth and the balance Tony has to strike has been the influx of big name stars with WWE experience – including the likes of CM Punk, Saraya and Samoa Joe – while it’s importance to ensure All In and AEW retain its spirit.
‘We have a nice little blend of everything. I think that’s important people still remember what AEW is and why people fell in love it, because that’s really what our values are to the core,’ she said.
‘Really connecting with the fans, the storytelling, getting people invested in what we’re doing as much as we are.’
AEW All In London comes to Wembley Stadium on Sunday (August 27) at 6pm. Click here for the remaining tickets, or tune in via Fite TV.
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