Britt Baker On The Motivation Behind Her AEW Lights Out Match
"This was a way to give everybody the middle finger that keeps complaining about us”
2021 has been a great year for Britt Baker, DMD. Aside from finally toppling Hikaru Shida for the AEW Women’s World Championship, the Dentist put on one of the most lauded matches in AEW history when she took on Thunder Rosa in a blood spattered Unsanctioned Lights Out match on AEW Dynamite back in March 2021.
The match made people take notice of an AEW Women’s Division that had until that point stuttered, with Baker emerging from the bout as the star of the division. Now, talking to TalkSport, Baker detailed what went into the match:
“I was really, really nervous because I wanted it to be something super memorable. I wanted it to be something that everybody would talk about for many, many years to come and that’s a lot of pressure to put on yourself, especially in today’s wrestling. Everything has been done, we’re doing everything every night of the week, so you really have to dig down deep and think outside of the box to come out with something that will stand out, not to mention the pressure that the women’s division was and is under, we’re always under fire. So this was a way to really give everybody the middle finger that keeps complaining about us. That was a goal. I really like to shut the haters up and I think that we did.”
The match blew away practically everyone’s expectations, including many of Baker’s peers:
“When the match was happening I remember thinking ‘wow, this hurts so bad,’” added Baker “I hope people are going to appreciate this! But you never know, you can think it’s going one way and the reaction after is completely different. I had a feeling like ‘this is really special’ but you don’t know until you know. I had a feeling it would be a good reaction but I didn’t know it was going to be what it was.
“Wrestlers across the industry, wrestlers I’ve looked up to reached out and were like ‘holy s***, that was amazing. You guys killed it.’ It was such a good feeling, because wrestlers are ego-maniacs and there’s no better feeling than getting the nod of approval from your peers. And for fans to reach out and say how excited they were to see women in this spot and how badass we were, that’s something too I’ll never forget.”