The current WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Shayna Baszler started her wrestling career in the Mixed Martial Arts category. She had a great record in Mixed Martial Arts before she turned her attention to professional wrestling.
Shayna Baszler worked on the independent circuit for two years before she was signed by WWE. She started her career as a participant of the scripted tournament Mae Young Classic where she was pretty impressive. She survived till the finale before she lost to Kairi Sane.
Shayna Baszler On Her Experience Of Working With Josh Barnett
Soon, Baszler made her debut in the NXT. From the very beginning of her career, she was presented as a dominant force because of her background. She won the NXT Women’s Championship twice and she made her main roster debut in February 2020. Currently, she is the Women’s Tag Team Champion along with Nia Jax.
Recently on the Renee Paquette’s Oral Sessions podcast Baszler appeared as a guest where she revealed her experience working with the MMA legend Josh Barnett. She said,
He didn’t baby anyone. He’s a guy — and you, having met him, will laugh at this — he doesn’t give his compliments easily. He’s not a guy who’s going to tell you, ‘good job’ every day but when he tells you, ‘good job,’ man, you feel good about it.
He’s a hard-ass, for sure. I think just having someone as experienced as him at a time — and it’s still this way, where the sport is very Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu-heavy, he’s the one that opened my eyes to the fact that catch wrestling, pro wrestling, and MMA all had the same shared history. Obviously, with what I’m doing now, it opened an entirely different world to me than the way I had been looking at it before.
She also said that Raw Underground and Bloodsport were pretty similar,
Obviously with my [MMA] upbringing and everything with Josh and Billy Robinson, all that is kind of threw that UWFi style. That’s what Bloodsport and Raw Underground [were]. I think the difficult part is, and I’m just speculating I’m not speaking for anyone, but just knowing how I trained for that style of professional wrestling, I don’t think you can grab just any pro wrestler nowadays and just throw them into this and they know how to do it and make it look the way it’s supposed to look.
It started getting to be like what we have anyway. This isn’t like, ‘Oh let’s grab a bunch of MMA fighters and do these worked fights,’ and it’s also not, ‘Let’s grab a bunch of pro wrestlers and have them do these shoot matches, you have to find this balance of people that have been trained a certain way — it’s hard. It’s going to be slow to build up the talent pool but if you do it right, it’s better in the long run.
These MMA-based wrestlers have always received better treatments because of their backgrounds. We hope Shayna Baszler will get better in the upcoming days.
(H/T and transcribed by Fightful)