Tony Khan has been praising Britt Baker to the rafters in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, claiming that she has grown massively as a character and a wrestler over the past year. Talking to Justin Barrasso, Tony Khan had a lot to say on Britt Baker;
Kenny thought Britt would be better as a heel, and I agreed. She got a lot of great coaching from people like Kenny, Cody and Chris Jericho, but she also committed to it. During the Jericho Cruise, we talked about doing a promo where she belittled Tony Schiavone for working at Starbucks. We thought that would generate a lot of heat, and that was the start of it.
Not everyone gave Britt a chance at first as a heel when she was developing. I remember all the criticism she received, so it’s an important lesson not to give up on a young, determined wrestler. She was clearly getting better every week, and she kept getting better and better. She focused on her character, and I made it a priority to expand her presence on the show.
Her wrestling in 2021 took a huge step forward…She had some great, great matches…She had the great match last month against Riho. The pay-per-view match against Tay Conti is the best match in Tay’s career. Ruby Soho at ‘Grand Slam,’ the title match against Hikaru Shida. And the ‘Lights Out’ match against Thunder Rosa is one of the greatest in AEW.”
Now, normally when a writer uses a huge quote as I’ve just done, I’d usually put it down to a slow news day or someone being a lazy bastard, but there is a method to my madness here. I was one of those people that Tony Khan talked about. I didn’t give Britt Baker a chance when she first turned heel. I remember the promo she cut as well and it seemed to me – at the time – to be an utter mess. But I’ve always been of the mindset that when you make a mistake, you own that s*it.
I was totally and utterly wrong about Britt Baker. She has grown into one of the best wrestlers on the planet. Her character is spot on and her in-ring work is exceptional, and if it wasn’t for the fact that Kenny Omega worked the near damn entirety of 2021 while seriously injured and suffering from vertigo, then Britt Baker would’ve gotten my number one spot for wrestler of the year.
So don’t see this as a news piece, but as my own personal apology to Britt Baker.