Current NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler has previously spoken about how now is the perfect time for “no-nonsense realism” in pro wrestling. In an interview with Newsweek, Baszler reiterated her feelings, stressing that she wants to bring realism into the women’s division.
“I just want to bring back that grimy, no-nonsense realism that the women’s division has been lacking. And as long as I can stay true to that, the rest will take care of itself. I’m from the midwest, so I believe as long as you put your nose in the dirt it all comes out in the wash. It might take you a couple years longer than someone else, but I’m fine with that, and I think I’m finally seeing the fruits of that,” she said.
Baszler shared how NXT‘s transition to the USA Network has seen some minor changes she had not anticipated. Now that NXT airs on USA, there are elements she had previously not considered she now has to be aware of.
“It’s been an interesting thing to have to worry about different TV aspects like watching your mouth or something like a t-shirt you wear,” Baszler said. “I don’t know if this is a story I should tell, but I have a 1969 Mustang, and it’s my prize possession. I have a shirt that says ‘I heart 69 mustangs,’ so I was going to wear it and I put it on social media but just the camera shot showed ‘I heart 69’ and they were like, ‘No we are on TV now, so you can’t.’ It’s stuff I didn’t think of because I’m just all about my car. The point of [the Performance Center] is to groom us for TV, so when it was time to pull the trigger, we found that we were more ready than we thought. It was scary until we got in there, and then it was ‘OK, we got this.'”
“We Aren’t Holding Back”
When it comes to the next steps for herself and the NXT locker room, Baszler is confident they will continue to impress.
“[…] we aren’t holding back. It’s not like all of a sudden the reins are off. We’ve been doing this. Now everyone gets to see it on a bigger stage,” Baszler explained. “It’s not a case of ‘When we get on TV now we’re really going to have good matches.’ It’s not any different from us. The groundwork was laid out for us, and we are just continuing what we came into.”
Baszler recently defended her NXT Women’s Championship against Candice LeRae.