Britt Baker went from one of the most recognisable and backed babyfaces in the AEW women’s division to one of the top heels, and has arguably excelled in her role as the latter.
Baker has now revealed whose idea it was for her to turn and how the whole thing came about.
Speaking on Talk is Jericho, she said:
“Kenny was the first one who came to me and said, ‘What if we turn you heel?’ I had never been a heel throughout my entire career, my very long four years. I’ve always been the bubbly babyface. I was all for it. ‘Sure, but I’m gonna need a lot of help because I’ve never done it before.’ There was a lot of ideas on which direction the character should go and I really wasn’t feeling or connecting with the ideas until I had cut a quick promo on Riho backstage at the New Year’s Day show and some Twitter links had been sent to me about how it resembled Chris Jericho’s WCW self-proclaimed role model (gimmick). I texted Tony [Khan] like January 3 pitching this idea going off [Jericho’s character] and he loved it. I said, ‘I’m going to talk to Chris.’ That’s when I asked, ‘Do you think this could work, do you think it’ll be a bust?’ You said, ‘I think it could work. You should go for it.’ I pretty much pick your brain every week in some capacity for help to make this succeed. Cody has been a huge help, along with you and Tony, in making this character click and making it something I can present in a way that I believe in myself, which is the most important thing in making a character work.”
So far in her run, Baker’s best moments have come when antoganising announcer Tony Schiavone, and you can tell that both are enjoying it.
She currently sits in fourth place in AEW’s women’s rankings, below Yuka Sakazaki, Kris Statlander and Hikaru Shida, and of course champion Nyla Rose.
Thanks to Fightful for the transcription
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