Several months ago in a tag match at AEW Fight for the Fallen, Bea Priestley gave Dr. Britt Baker a concussion following a kick to the back of the head.
AEW decided to turn this real-life incident into a storyline by having Priestley eliminate Baker from the Casino Battle Royale at All Out. The match was ultimately won by Nyla Rose.
On the Buy-In pre-show before Full Gear last weekend, Britt Baker and Bea Priestley finally went one-on-one in AEW, with Baker making Priestley tap in the night’s opening encounter.
Speaking to the media after the pay-per-view, AEW boss Tony Khan revealed that the women’s match was actually supposed to be on the main card for Full Gear, but plans changed due to “personal reasons”:
“It wasn’t supposed to be — the Britt/Bea — just so you know I felt very strong about that match and I was heavily involved in the layout from the beginning. I worked on the Casino Battle Royale at All Out and worked very closely with them and the idea of planning… we wanted Britt and Bea to have issues for a long time and the seeds have been planted for a long time since Britt got hurt and work it into a big feud with a major personal issue and I think that the promos that they have done built it into a huge match.”
“I wanted it to be on the pay-per-view like I had a lot of involvement in it. It was probably the first match that I had a lot of involvement in like the Battle Royal — they were the only two with Nyla and they kinda knocked each other out when Bea kinda screwed over Britt.”
“So, like I wanted it to be on the pay-per-view, but because of some timing circumstances and in terms of somebody having a personal situation which was completely understandable… we ended up moving another match that we had originally laid out for the Buy In as recently as a week ago, we switched it. It was originally supposed to be on the pay-per-view because it was important to have both of those matches on the show.”
Khan did not note which match was supposed to be on the Buy-In instead of Baker vs. Priestley. Stay tuned to WrestleTalk.com in the coming days in case this news becomes available.
Commentary put over that Britt Baker was dealing with flu during Full Gear, so perhaps AEW decided to move the match to the Buy-In as she wasn’t feeling 100% and didn’t feel she could deliver a pay-per-view calibre match.