Former NXT women’s champion Shayna Baszler appeared on the most recent episode of WWE’s The Bump podcast to talk about Sunday’s Backlash matchup between Nia Jax and Asuka. Highlights are below.
Praises Nia Jax’s strength:
I can sit here and tell you that Asuka got handed a title and whatnot. But she is a former champion. So that’s not to say that she’s not a formidable opponent. She has proven that, but I think Nia Jax is on a roll lately, she’s been literally just picking people up and tossing them around, and nobody’s been able to stop her. She did it to me in the Money In The Bank match. She just picked me up and threw me against the wall. Next thing I know? I’m waking up and the thing is over. So I know firsthand about how that goes and how it feels.
How she and Asuka trained with the same team:
Asuka is crafty and she’s game. We kind of came up in the same lineage through pro wrestling, kind of the same family tree. She trained with some people that I’ve trained with. And some of our coaches were teammates. So, if I know anything about where she came from in her training? In her upbringing? She hasn’t even scratched the surface of what she can show, so I know her toolbox goes a lot deeper than we even realize. So it’s gonna be…it’s gonna be a good match.