Current NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler believes that now is the “perfect time to bring this no-nonsense realism to wrestling.” Speaking with Sports Illustrated, Baszler spoke about her reign as champion, admitting her run is perfectly timed as she wouldn’t fit into any other era in WWE history.
“I am the champion of this division for a reason. I don’t mess around, it’s no nonsense, and I know exactly what I’m doing. Now that we’re on USA, everyone is going to know it,” she stated.
“I Wouldn’t Have Fit Into Any Other Era”
Reflecting on her rise to the top, Baszler brought up her MMA background. She credited Ronda Rousey as being instrumental in bringing attention to MMA and, subsequently, pro wrestling:
“No one brought eyes to MMA like Ronda did. She was the perfect storm of ingredients to bring eyes to mixed martial arts, and that snowballed into bringing eyes to professional wrestling. For me, I wouldn’t have fit into any other era in WWE, but Ronda’s success in MMA said this could be done.”
She continued, “When I started in professional wrestling, dreaming about how big this could get, the important thing for me was to stay true to who I am and what I’ve been brought up in. That’s the style I learned, and that’s the style I love. I’m excited that it was the right time and right place. It’s the perfect time to bring this no-nonsense realism to wrestling.”