Hikaru Shida has held the AEW Women’s World Championship for nearly six months. However, according to Dave Meltzer on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, AEW’s original plan was to position Dr. Britt Baker as the biggest babyface in the company.
Meltzer was talking about Impact Wrestling star Kylie Rae‘s recent retirement from pro wrestling. He revealed that Baker was earmarked as “The Chosen One” of the women’s division by AEW management. This was due to her character, a real-life dentist, good looks, mic skills, and the ability to do media. Yet, those plans were abandoned, and she turned heel, which led to Shida becoming the main babyface on the women’s roster.
According to Meltzer, AEW execs were also high on Rae, who participated in a fatal-four way match against Baker, and Nyla Rose at the inaugural Double or Nothing pay-per-view.
Cody was reportedly a vocal supporter of Rae and often compared her to WWE Superstar Bayley. However, Rae requested her release from the company after withdrawing from an advertised match at Fyter Fest in 2019.
We reported earlier on Kylie Rae‘s abrupt announcement on her retirement from pro wrestling and social media.