All Elite Wrestling (AEW) star Britt Baker has addressed fans’ criticism of the promotion’s women’s division in an interview with WrestleTalk.
The recent unsanctioned match between Baker and Thunder Rosa was the first time women had ever main evented an AEW Dynamite, and it’s no secret that many fans on social media had been vocal in their belief that the promotion was overlooking its women’s roster.
Speaking about this, Baker urged fans to remain patient, saying:
“I think it kind of speaks of our generation as a whole where we’re microwave babies. We want everything now. We don’t want to wait for stuff to cook, to marinade, we wanna walk over to the microwave, put my Hot Pocket in there, and eat it in two minutes, right? It doesn’t work like that in real life. Things don’t happen overnight. There’s very rarely a success overnight. Things take time, so I feel like I’ve been a broken record on a lot of these interviews saying just give us time, we’re brand new.
“Not only that, the women’s division especially has little to no TV experience. So we’re learning on the fly for your entertainment, so please be patient with us. I know we’re superstars, we’re rockstars, we’re supposed to be the best of the best, and we are going to be, and I am. But, with that being said, you need to have a little bit of freakin’ patience and if everyone would have listened to me from day one, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation because people wouldn’t have been bitching essentially.
“(They’re saying we) deserve more, but it needs to be the right time and everybody needs to be ready for the opportunity as well. And a part of me is thankful for all the criticism because if we didn’t have it, I don’t think I would have had as much of a fire under my ass for this main event match. Because I love to say, ‘I told you so’, I’m a heel, but I love to prove people wrong. And we had so many eyes on the match because, let’s say it, some people probably wanted to see it fail, and it to not be main event worthy. Which is great, because if that’s why more people tuned in, we love you for it.”
Baker received a lot of praise for her performance in the lights out match, but it was Thunder Rosa who got the win. Due to the stipulation, it didn’t count towards AEW’s official win/loss records.
You can check out the full interview below, and we’ll be releasing more stories and quotes from it in the coming days.