Dr. Britt Baker of AEW discusses why she dislikes WWE's developmental system.
AEW Women’s Champion Britt Baker commented on her WWE tryout experience on the most recent edition of Talk Is Jericho.
She stated that the employer only gave her the position because of her appearance. However, due to her dental background, she was turned down for a contract.
“I had a tryout, I was fresh out of training. They gave me a tryout solely based on my looks, ‘oh, this is a cute girl.’ I got put in a group after the training was all done, bumps and rolls,” she said.
“We can’t even walk by the end of the tryout. It was me, Lacey Evans, and Bianca were the females, in Orlando. It was all these extras, they were like testing our range of motion.
“We were like, ‘holy sh*t, we are getting signed.’ So we are celebrating, and I still talk to those girls all the time.
“But, Canyon Ceman, at the time, he was like the gatekeeper for independent wrestlers to get into NXT. He pulled me aside at the end of the tryout.
“And he was like, ‘you know, you’ve just started dental school. As a father, I have a hard time pulling you from a professional degree.’ My heart dropped.”
Baker then went on to explain how this was really a good thing. She also remembered Canyon being in touch with her on a frequent basis.
Baker then continued speaking about Canyon, “But I owe him the world because I would have left dental school in a heartbeat to go to WWE.
“Because I was young, dumb, and I was like, ‘I’m going to be NXT Women’s Champion,’ like that would have got me far, right?
“He stayed in touch with me every few months after that. Like, ‘let me know when you finish dental school, send me your matches,’ he always kept up with me.”