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How Britt Baker Breaks Jaws within the AEW Ring Whereas Fixing Enamel in her Day Job

Britt Baker grew up in awe of the warriors of the wrestling ring similar to Bryan Danielson and would grow to be additional impressed by feminine grappling pioneers like Sasha Banks, Bayley, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch.

Then, in 2019, she started to blaze her personal path because the dual-career famous person who turned the primary ladies’s wrestler ever signed to the rising All Elite Wrestling Promotion. Since then, Baker has continued together with her skilled profession as a dentist, and has additionally held a world title in AEW: “I nonetheless get requested, to at the present time, if I’m really a dentist,” shares Baker, who had a stellar yr in 2021 (she was Professional Wrestling Illustrated’s “Lady of the Yr” no much less).

However with maybe her greatest match ever looming on Saturday; towards Saraya on the AEW Full Gear pay-per-view, now appeared like the right time for Baker to take a seat down with M&F for a large ranging chat about her unbelievable drive, evolution as a performer, and the way she makes essentially the most of each second with such a busy schedule.

Britt Baker, now 31, was by no means underneath any illusions that creating knowledgeable profession in dentistry whereas following her dream of turning into a professional wrestler can be straightforward. “I had executed 4 years of undergraduate college and I studied biobehavioral well being, and household research, however then once I was enrolled within the precise dental college, I swear, these very same couple of months is once I began coaching (to be a wrestler),” says Baker. “And, it’s a few seven-month-to-a-year coaching course after which they set you out into the wild (impartial wrestling scene), the remaining is as much as you. They provide the instruments to achieve success, to have your first match, however then every little thing else is as much as you. Personally, I wished to continue learning and so I’d drive to (wrestling college in) Cleveland twice every week from Pittsburgh, which is a about two and a half hours, a method, after dental college, twice every week, simply in order that I might be taught from two of my favourite wrestlers on the time, (present WWE stars) Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae. Simply because, I assume, I’m ceaselessly a nerd. I at all times wanna continue learning and learning.”

Britt Baker at all times finds time to progress together with her passions

“I must deliver my [dental studies] observe playing cards with me in all places as a result of, particularly if you end up a trainee [wrestler], you’re anticipated to pay your dues. So, you’re those establishing the ring, establishing the chairs within the venue, serving to all people, anytime we might get a two-second break I’d pull my observe playing cards out of my pocket and be learning for dental anatomy or biology or no matter my check was gonna be,” laughs Baker. “Typically, on the drive house I’d be so drained that I must pull over onto the aspect of the highway. However, I needed to actually map all of it out and calculate as a result of I needed to guarantee that I used to be again in time for 8 a.m., to get to my dental class.”

When All Elite Wrestling was shaped in 2019, Britt Baker was the primary feminine wrestler to be signed by the corporate, however with a love for each professional wrestling and dentistry, she wished to carry on to each careers. “That was the primary query I requested,” says Baker. “Earlier than I requested about cash, or what number of days every week I used to be going to be on the highway, or if we had been going to be on TV, the primary query I requested was ‘can I nonetheless be a dentist?’” Luckily, AEW’s Chief, Tony Khan inspired her to proceed with dentistry as a result of it was one of many issues that he liked about her within the first place. “If there’s a sure flight that I’ve to take, AEW doesn’t hesitate to click on the button to get me on the earliest flight out of there, to guarantee that I get to my workplace on time,” she shares. And there’s a mutual profit to having a real dental skilled onsite at AEW exhibits. “Anytime there’s like a medical, tooth, or mouth associated harm the medical doctors really name me to the medical room,” says Baker. “The staff medical doctors have me go take a look at the tooth. I must, like, renegotiate my contract now that I take into consideration that as a result of I’m just like the on-call dentist,” she laughs.

Focuse on small targets in order that the lengthy phrases targets can take care of themselves

“I’m very cussed about it,” says Baker. “Lots of people, I don’t know why, there’s a false impression that I want dentistry financially, like Tony Khan isn’t paying me sufficient, which is completely not the case. It’s very a lot that I like it. At this level, it’s actually not serving to me financially, in any respect, as a result of I’m solely within the workplace a few days every week but it surely was such a journey; the eight years of education and half 1,000,000 {dollars} in pupil loans. There have been so many days the place I simply didn’t understand how I used to be gonna get by the day, however I simply put one foot in entrance of the opposite and received by. And, that basically taught me the mentality that I now use daily in my life. You’ll get to that long run aim in the event you give attention to the little ones.”

Britt Baker likes to combine up her coaching

“I’m, admittedly, a really late-night exercise woman,” shares Baker. “I’m on the fitness center, often at 10pm, ending up round 11.30pm or midnight. That’s simply the way it works for me now as a result of that’s the one time I can slot in. Once I’m house, in a typical day, I get up, go to the dental workplace and I’m there generally till 7pm, come house, eat actually fast, say hi there to my boyfriend (who simply occurs to be fellow AEW famous person; Adam Cole then I’m going to the fitness center.” On a Tuesday, Baker winds up on the dental workplace and catches a flight to a special city every week in an effort to prepare for AEW’s top-rated flagship tv present, “Dynamite” on TBS, however she’s going to nonetheless handle to slot in a exercise between her flight touchdown and attending to mattress!

“I’m actually massive on Pilate’s too,” says Baker. “It’s one thing I’ve received manner higher at within the final yr or so. I really work with a stretch therapist twice every week simply to assist with my flexibility as a result of I’ve had my justifiable share of accidents. I believe one factor that’s actually essential to your physique is mobility.” By no means one to take a seat nonetheless on the highway, Baker is at all times looking out for a option to whereas away the hours by train. “I like to combine issues up,” she says. “Once we are in cities, I at all times wish to discover a class that I can take, and one which I discovered just lately is ‘Stable Core,’ which is like the toughest Pilates class on the planet, it’s so troublesome! It’s simply a kind of issues the place follow makes good. My core is on fireplace, I really feel so tight and toned and that’s my favourite factor to lookout for now.” Conventional workout routines such because the squats and deadlifts, are additionally a staple which might be by no means removed from her routine. “No less than 4 days every week, I’m within the fitness center, selecting a physique half, whether or not it’s legs or glutes or arms, shoulders. That’s fairly customary. We don’t must reinvent the wheel,” she says. “I’m a giant, massive advocate on incline strolling for my cardio. I broke my leg, I’ve dangerous knees, so working simply doesn’t work for me anymore, so I undoubtedly love the incline strolling and the stair grasp and, once more, any kind of HIIT health class, like F45.”

Britt Baker likes to take management of her vitamin

“I’m just about at all times proper on monitor with my macros,” says Baker. “Once I’m at my busiest, I’ll have the pre-packaged meals that inform you precisely what every little thing is. It’s inferior to a house cooked meal however when you must go, you continue to must eat.” Fortunately, when time and circumstances do enable for it, Baker relishes the possibility to indulge her candy tooth (carefully, after all, says the dental skilled!). “If there’s a bit of cake in entrance of me, or sweets, I’ll undoubtedly eat these sweets. I’m not going to torture myself with meals as a result of I don’t assume meals must be used as punishment or reward. If I wish to eat one thing I’ll, however on the identical time, I like to remain wholesome, I just like the wholesome meals.”

Britt Baker has honed her craft as a professional wrestler underneath Elite firm

Legends similar to Chris Jericho, who Baker regarded as much as whereas arising within the wrestling enterprise, are actually having a direct impact on the evolution of her presentation. “Chris Jericho is all about supply,” she enthuses. “He at all times says it’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it. He actually confirmed me that you simply don’t must wrestle to win followers over.” One other optimistic affect has been the “American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes helped me a lot. He sat down with me and helped me write out promos till I used to be ok to do them by myself. I’ll ceaselessly be grateful to Cody and Chris.”

AEW female wrestlers Britt Baker and Saraya former WWE wrestler Paige

Prepared and in Full Gear

At AEW Full Gear, Baker will face her hardest check when she battles Saraya (previously Paige in WWE) in her extremely anticipated return match, however the inaugural girl of AEW is able to make a press release. “I imply, Saraya laid the muse, even earlier than the ‘4 Horsewomen’ did, if we’re being sincere,” says Baker. “She is a part of the group that received the ball rolling for (WWE administration to permit for) the longer matches, and the ladies to be revered extra (by eradicating the ‘Diva’ label from the division), or for the ladies to be considered simply as equal as the lads, and nobody can ever take that away from Saraya, that’s one thing she’s going to at all times have within the historical past books, however what I can take away from her is the primary match again from her (neck) harm… as a result of she’s not going to win that one. The fairy story ending isn’t going to pan out this time. But it surely’s nonetheless nice. She thought she was by no means going to wrestle once more, and now she is, it’s fantastic, however she picked the flawed woman as her first match again. You don’t begin on the prime; you’re employed your manner as much as the highest.” The self-confidence that Baker has gained by sacrificing her personal blood, sweat, and tears places her in little doubt as to who the higher wrestler is. “If we wanna lay our matches out collectively, I believe far more folks would have the ability to pick a few of their favourite Brit Baker matches than their favourite Saraya matches,” says Baker. “This can be a totally different time and a special period, and I hope she will go. That’s all I’m gonna say to her.” AEW Full Gear will likely be broadcast stay on November 17 on pay-per-view and in chosen cinemas.

Comply with Britt Baker on Instagram @realbrittbaker.

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