WWE News: Shayna Baszler Talks About Challenging Liv Morgan

Shayna Baszler
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WWE is returning to the UK for a major event for the first time since the 1992 SummerSlam pay-per-view. This Saturday, Clash At The Castle will emanate from Cardiff, Wales.

The main event will see Roman Reigns put his WWE Undisputed Universal Championship on the line against Drew McIntyre. However, that is far from the only title match on the card.

One of the more intriguing is the SmackDown Women's Championship. Liv Morgan defends her title against Shayna Baszler.

It's an intriguing matchup for a couple of reasons. Morgan won the title from Ronda Rousey at Money In The Bank. She is one of the more over wrestlers on the roster, as well, and fans are hoping for a strong title run.

Baszler was a star in NXT, having a dominant run with the NXT Women's Championship. However, on the main roster, she's been rather underutilized.

It's a huge opportunity for the Queen of Spades. And Baszler is not taking the opportunity lightly.

'Can She Do It?'

In an interview with the New York Post, Baszler said the match in Cardiff will be a bit of a test. However, it's more of a test of Morgan's ability rather than hers.

“We’re going to know at the end of Clash at the Castle if she’s worth it or not,” Baszler said. “And that’s outside of the title. That’s Liv being in the ring with me. That’s a sports story that’s always been told. Are these guys good enough?

"Can these guys beat the Yankees? The USA hockey versus Russia. Can she do it? Those are maybe bad examples because USA ends up winning and I’m gonna smoke Liv.”

Finding Yourself

Baszler's last Women's Championship opportunity came in front of no fans at WrestleMania 36. She faced and lost to, Becky Lynch that night. After that, she became a tag team wrestler, which the Queen of Spades credits for helping her find herself as a performer.

“At the time if you would have asked me, I think my answer would have been different,” Baszler said about whether she was ready to be champion then. “But I think in hindsight of just knowing how I felt, I think you can see it. … In hindsight, even when you look at how I was then compared to now, you can see I’ve come into my own. I found myself a little more.”

Incorporating Reality

One of the most exciting things about professional wrestling is when the lines get blurred, and we as fans aren't sure if something is a work or not.

An aspect of the story between Morgan and Baszler isn't blurring the lines, but it is incorporating real life into the program, which is just as exciting.

Rousey, Baszler's real-life friend, has been in the ear of the Queen of Spades. She's reminded her what she used to be, and it seems as if the former NXT Women's Champion is taking it to heart.

“There needs to be a balance,” Baszler said. “Like I don’t know if I need to be storming into [WWE official] Adam Pearce’s office and tossing him on the ground and having security escort me out in a police car? But I can see where she’s coming from. Where before, I don’t know, it’s almost like I’ve been a sidekick in recent memory and that’s not me either.”

Friends Wrestling?

Ronda Rousey in sports bra and gloves
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If Baszler wins the title in Cardiff on Sunday, it's possible her and Rousey will face each other for the belt down the line. The Queen of Spades is not against the idea at all.

“If I beat Liv and I’m the champion, if Ronda earns the No. 1 contender, as her friend I’m obligated to give her that opportunity,” Baszler said. “That’s my friend. If that would come along, I don’t think it’s something we’d be against happening.”

I have experience covering sports going back to 2014. Major The Last of Us fan. #1 Jar Jar Binks propagandist. I am currently pursuing a degree in communications.

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