AEW Women’s Champion Britt Baker recalls Tony Khan’s reaction when her partner Adam Cole appeared in the crowd during a WarGames match in 2019.
During the 2019 edition of NXT Takeover: WarGames, Adam Cole and the Undisputed Era face off against the team of Tommaso Ciampa, Dominic Dijakovic, Keith Lee, and the surprising entrant Kevin Owens. The brutal match took its toll on Cole, and Britt Baker could be seen in the crowd with a visceral reaction as his teammate launched an air raid out of the cage and through two tables.
However, Britt Baker was signed to AEW after her respective image was used at an NXT event. While crowd reaction is nothing out of the ordinary in wrestling, it is extremely rare that someone is signed to a rival promotion.
talking to Kenny McIntosh inside the ropes For Inside the Ropes Magazine issue 16, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD, reported that he had contacted AEW President Tony Khan as well as EVP’s The Young Bucks before attending his partner’s match that night Because she went to every one of his takeover matches. At first but did not want to cause conflict.
“I had asked both Tony Khan and the Bucks. I said, ‘This is a really great match for him,’ and I went to every acquisition—people didn’t know who I was until that point—and I said, ‘Is it okay if I go? If not, that’s all right, I don’t mind.’ And Tony said, “Brit, you’ve been to every single Adam’s match, why don’t you go now because you signed on to this company? You can go—please go.” So it was really nice to have his blessings.
Britt Baker felt that she might get in trouble after her image was used, but Tony Khan was really pleased with the way things were panned out.
“When they showed me to a crowd, I didn’t know—I didn’t know until I looked down at my phone and I had a thousand tweets, and I was trending and I said, ‘Oh my god, what What happened?” And I saw it and I immediately panicked—I thought I was going to be in trouble. And I wasn’t—it was the exact opposite.
“Tony was like, ‘Britt, that was great! An AEW wrestler was trending the night of the NXT pay-per-view.’ I was top google trends all night and it really worked in our favor so i don’t know if it was intentional or not – they said it wasn’t, i have no idea one way or the other – but on The end of the day was great.
The dentist, however, remembered being horrified, as it was a frightening ordeal to watch his partner take such disastrous steps.
“But it was absolutely horrifying, because when he pulled the crash of the airstrike off the top of the cage, my heart literally stopped. It always scares me when they’re not moving and the referee is a little more than a wrestler. ya know, it makes your stomach drop for a second, and that’s pretty much where I was.
WWE has since removed footage of Baker’s appearance from Peacock replays of WarGames.
Britt Baker has reigned as AEW Women’s Champion since defeating Hikaru Shida in Double or Nothing in May of 2021. She has gone on to defend her title against various opponents, most recently securing a coveted victory against the first woman to hold the coveted title. , riho.
Adam Cole is also now signed to AEW, and on the January 12 episode of Dynamite, the couple appeared on screen together for the first time as Britt Baker made her way to the ring to reconcile with her partner. Adam Cole and Britt Baker will take on Orange Cassidy and Chris Statlander in a mixed tag team match on next week’s edition of Dynamite.