Dr. Britt Baker recently spoke with Uproxx about criticism AEW gets for its women’s division. She says that the women’s roster took a hit during the pandemic because so much of the roster couldn’t return to TV. She also blames the lack of time and ratings on AEW not pushing for more women-oriented segments. She pleads with fans to stop changing the channel any time the women are on screen so that they can angle for more time.
Yeah, I definitely think it’s something the company is working on. You know, and we got hit hard—our women’s division, because of the COVID outbreak. Half our roster is international talent, so we immediately didn’t have access to any of those women. Then Kris Statlander got hurt, and I got hurt. And there’s only so much time on AEW Dynamite to start with.
And I know there are plans to grow the women’s division, but at the same time we need help from the fans at home too! We can’t have the women’s segments being the lowest rated or the lowest views each week. Because at the end of the day it’s a business, and AEW needs ratings.
It’s no secret we’re in a war every Wednesday night with NXT, so we need the ratings up. So for the fans that are so encouraging and saying “We want more women, we want more women!” that’s great, but please don’t turn the channel when the women are on TV then! We want everybody to be watching the segments and cheering us on from home.
You can view the full interview here.