Shayna Baszler Feels The Lack Of A Crowd Plays Into Her In-Ring Strengths
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Shayna Baszler says WrestleMania 36 was not the WrestleMania moment she wanted but admits that the lack of an audience plays into the strengths of her wrestling style.
At this year’s WrestleMania, Shayna Baszler lost to Becky Lynch in a match for the WWE RAW Women’s Championship. That match may also prove to be Becky Lynch’s last match for quite some time as shortly after that, she announced that she was pregnant and relinquished the championship that she held for over a year.
Speaking with Corey Graves on the WWE After the Bell podcast, Shayna Baszler opened up about what her first WrestleMania was like, how much she and everybody on the roster understood their responsibility to provide an entertaining distraction from the global coronavirus pandemic, and still chasing after a proper WrestleMania moment.
“I think there’s still a side of me, at least that’s like that’s the most important match of my career that I’ve had, I think, thus far, obviously, title measure. Of course, it doesn’t get bigger than that, but I still feel incomplete, like I haven’t had my WrestleMania moment,” said Shayna. “At the time, everyone’s calling their family and it turns into a 30-minute discussion about the pandemic and this virus, and we understood the value in putting on a product where for three hours, two nights in a row, people didn’t talk about that. I think they’re going to look for it, even just for a glimpse of a window. We gave people something else to have their minds on. So we got that it was very important in that sense.
She continued, “It’s just hard. There is a magic that’s missed about it not being eighty-thousand people and a roaring crowd and all that. At the same time, I talked about the different style of wrestling that I have. I think in some ways it was a blessing to have that big moment of mine first before whatever big moments come next because I think having an empty sort of arena and a camera, there’s some things that I do in the ring that [the] person in the stands way up in the rafters can’t see.”
As for next year’s WrestleMania, Shayna Baszler says that she hopes to be in another championship match but this time with the proper audience in play.
Currently, Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax are the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions and will remain on Monday nights following the WWE Draft. Should you use any portion of the quotes above, transcription credit should go to Robert DeFelice for WrestleZone.