One of the criticisms of the first ALL IN show was the lack of women involved. Jordynne Grace’s appearance in the Over Budget Battle Royal meant a total of only five women appeared in matches on the show well, (six if you count Penelope Ford’s cameo), four of them Britt Baker, Tessa Blanchard, Madison Rayne, and Chelsea Green all competed in ONE match.
Despite All Elite executive Chodi Rhodes being married to Brandi Rhodes (former WWE star Eden Styles) , It didn’t look like Women’s Wrestling was very much in the thoughts for the promotion.
However, it has now been reported by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that All Elite Wrestling’s first announced signing outside of the Elite is Dr, Britt Baker DMD!
This is certainly a very interesting move and a very understated, statement of intent. Baker has a lot of close ties with current NXT and WWE performers and is currently dating Undisputed Era’s Adam Cole, which led many to speculate the WWE would be her likely next destination. Though, given that Baker is an actual licensed dentist, it is likely that a long-term, full-time contract with the likes of WWE wasn’t a consideration. We do not yet know how frequently All Elite will run shows but it is likely to be a far less gruelling schedule than had she signed for NXT.
Baker is now the second woman signed to what we expect to be a solid women’s roster, Brandi Rhodes role has yet to be revealed and whilst Rhodes, WWE wrestling career was very limited she wrestled in ROH’s Women of Honor and in Stardom. Rhodes has increasingly has been promoting herself as a wrestler on social media recently. In the past, she has also spoken out about companies that treat women as “a complete novelty,” specifying this wasn’t referring to her NJPW valet work.
When you look at the International names attached to the ALL IN Wrestling shows, it’s quite clear that they won’t just be looking at U.S. based talent for their roster, Cody Rhodes has made a number of UK appearances in the past few years and will have seen first hand some of the quality performers we have in the UK.
With All Elite Wrestling reportedly having numerous TV Networks scrambling to sign them up to big money deals it also looks like this might be another great opportunity for British based talent, in particular, those who have been overlooked by WWE, to make a name for themselves on the International scene.