It was 5 months ago, Indianapolis, AEW “Dynamite” with Shida versus Baker on the card…and to the shock of many, it was Hikaru Shida who left with the win that night. And although she suffered a few defeats in the aftermath of that surprising win, Shida now sits at the top spot in the Women’s Rankings and has won seven of her last eight matches, with the one blemish there coming in a tag team contest.
Baker, on the other side of the ring come Wednesday night, has been frustrated in her attempts to become the “Face of the Women’s division” in fact, and not just in her own words. Britt challenged, unsuccessfully, for the championship on two occasions during the reign of Riho, and as of late, has seemed content in running her mouth. She’s done it to Tony Schiavone, she’s done it to Big Swole, and as seen in that video embedded above, she’s done it to Hikaru Shida as well. Britt Baker has been disrespectful to her peers, because quite frankly she does not see any of them as her peers, even a chicken sandwich apparently ranked higher on her concerns than Shida last week.
Well this week Baker will have to focus her concerns on the #1 Ranked Woman in AEW, because Brit is set to go one-on-one with Hikaru Shida on Wednesday night! It’s the good doctor’s first singles match since February 26th, and it is one tremendous opportunity for Baker to knock Shida off the top of the mountain and to move up from her #4 spot. And for Shida, well it’s a golden opportunity to knock some respect into Dr. Baker and continue to exert her dominance over the Women’s division in preparation for a match with AEW Women’s World Champion Nyla Rose.