A top AEW star believes the company’s growth can rally everyone together.
Over the past several months, All Elite Wrestling has seen its fair share of turmoil. From CM Punk’s brawl with The Elite’s Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks following All Out 2022 to reported tensions between Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. and Thunder Rosa, the company has had to overcome a lot.
However, AEW has still experienced growth in that same time with the company selling over 60,000 tickets for their upcoming Wembley Stadium show, AEW All In: London and a potential new television deal.
Speaking to Jim Varsallone of the Miami Herald, Britt Baker was asked how she navigates some of the reported backstage drama. She answered:
“It’s really, for me, as being the first female signed, and one of the day ones, the OGs, every big announcement that AEW, it really shakes me to my core in the best way possible that I’m a part of this, I’m the foundation of this wrestling company that, when we first signed our contracts, we didn’t know really what this was gonna grow into. We’d hoped.”
“We were having the most optimistic thoughts as possible, but nothing was really promised.”
“We really all took a leap of faith because up until then, the only major wrestling company was WWE, and to kind of close the door on that for now and say, hey, no, I really want to go all in on All Elite Wrestling, for a lot of people, you really were.”
“You were like, okay, gonna cross my fingers and hope for the best. Just to see all of this play out in the absolute best way possible, it’s so reassuring. It’s very surreal.”
“I wrestled on the first All In in front of 10,000 people. That was the big show I’ve ever been a part of, which was essentially the precursor to All Elite Wrestling,”
Baker continued on to note that seeing the growth of AEW since its beginning days to the success of AEW All In, saying:
“Myself, Kenny, the Young Bucks, MJF, Jungle Boy, the whole day group of all of us, just to see the growth to now we’re gonna be wrestling in Wembley Stadium. I think there’s 70,000 tickets sold. That’s huge, it’s massive. It almost seems like that could have never been possible at one point, and it is.”
“You really have to think, the growth, that’s what I think can really rally everyone together, that, ‘Guys, we worked so hard together to get from one point to where we are now. Let’s keep growing, but we can’t do that if we’re all on different pages. Everyone needs to be working together.’”
“That’s with every company. You need to have people on the same page. Internal competition is good. It creates pressure, and pressure makes diamonds.”
“I think competition within a company is great, but at the same, everybody needs to be fighting for all the same goals.”
Britt Baker will team up with AEW Women’s World Champion Jamie Hayter and Hikaru Shida to face Saraya, Toni Storm and Ruby Soho of The Outcasts on the May 17 episode of AEW Dynamite.
Here are full results from the May 10 episode of AEW Dynamite:
Claudio Castagnoli def. Rey Fenix
Miro returned and walked into Tony Khan’s office
An MJF video package mentioned CM Punk – the first time Punk has been mentioned on AEW TV since All Out
Mark Briscoe announced as the special guest referee for FTR vs Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett at Double Or Nothing
Thunder Rosa returned and, like Miro, walked into Tony Khan’s office
Tony Khan says he has a huge announcement next week
Orange Cassidy def. Daniel Garcia to retain the AEW International Championship
Julia Hart def. Anna Jay in a No Holds Barred match
House of Black def. Best Friends & Bandido to retain the AEW World Trios Championship
Jon Moxley def. Kenny Omega in a Steel Cage match after Don Callis turned on Omega and attacked him with a screwdriver
Transcription via Fightful
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