Chomping at the bit — Britt Baker, a dual career star

Britt Baker

Just three short years in business, Britt Baker has become one of the most popular athletes on the Independent professional wrestling circuit. Standing 5-foot-7, the Pennsylvania native is sometimes fire, sometimes nice. From the U.S. to Japan, Baker has competed inside the square circle against some of the best in the business, recently seen on the WWE Network in NXT against Shayna Baszler.

But this Baker is different. She’s a doctor.

Earlier this year, the 27-year-old wrestler graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and is now a dentist at a private practice in Winter Park, Florida.

Dr. Baker will make her debut with Hurricane Pro Wrestling on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Beaumont Civic Center in a Fatal Four Way main event with three other ladies who need no introduction — HPW champion Miranda Alizé, Rachael Ellering, who is the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Paul Ellering, and second generation wrestler and former NWA Women’s champion, Santana Garrett.

Tickets are available online at www.hurricanepro.info for $10 and a family four pack for $30. VIP tickets are $25, which allow the ticketholder inside early to meet the competitors in the main event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“It’s still surreal to me, when I walk into a room and I’m introduced as Dr. Baker,” she said. “I think of a doctor as an older, brilliant person who people go to for advice. You never see yourself as that person.”

Baker said she knew she wanted to work in the healthcare field and job shadowed. It was then she was all about dental.

“When I was on site with a dentist, every single thing he did that day, even if it was the same procedure, it was still different with revolving challenges,” she said. “I get bored really easy and I needed a job where I didn’t get bored. New challenges are exciting.”

Baker was passionate about wrestling and began training while attending college. It made for long days and late nights.

“It was never the wrestling itself that made me think, what am I doing?” she said. “I loved training. Even if I was struggling with the basic things, I loved practicing a million times. It really got discouraging with time management — dental school and wrestling. I was up all night studying for an exam, while having to go to the gym, and watching matches before training. I felt like no matter what I was doing, I still had five more other things I had to finish before I went to bed. Some nights were three hours of sleep.”

Those grinds have paid off. Baker has since traveled around the globe and has worked WWE’s Monday night “Raw.” With Baker in demand, most of her weekends are now spent on the road wrestling for Independent promotions.

“I love wrestling,” she said. “Even love watching it. I am such a fan. I cheer and boo and get so excited, and freak out when somebody gets hurt.”

Baker explained she loves to feed off the fans and their energy.

“Whether you are a face or a heel, it’s so contagious,” she said. “It’s a high. It’s personal for me too, because people told me I would have to choose between dentistry and wrestling. And now I get to do both. It’s a job security career and chasing your dream career. It’s my dream.”

Baker was recently booked on the biggest Independent show of all time, All In, on Labor Day weekend in Chicago. With a sold-out Sears Centre, Baker, along with Chelsea Green, Tessa Blanchard and Madison Rayne, set the wrestling world on fire with an incredible match that is still being talked some 6 weeks later.

“People are posting stuff on Twitter about that match,” said Baker. “I keep thinking back to the girls I got to work with — Tessa, Chelsea, Madison — and how much I loved sharing a ring with those girls. Whether it’s All In 2 or in front of 20 people, working with them is lights out.

“The experience in itself? I still get goose-bumps. It’s crazy. We were sitting in our hotel room the night before nervous as hell. At the end of the day, it was just us girls on the indies. I felt like we all looked like rock stars.”

That match continued to fuel the women’s wrestling movement. The popularity of women’s wrestling can be seen on all levels. Later this month, WWE will host their first-ever, all-women’s pay-per-view, “Evolution.”

Baker is right in the middle of the momentum and says it came down to common sense on the fan’s side.

“Women’s wrestling is an undeniable fact that women are very talented and there are many women out there who are just as good or better than the men on the shows,” she said. “To the point it’s not athleticism, but storytelling, charisma and interaction with the fans on all those levels.

“Before, the girls, I think they were out there just for sex appeal. When you get those same emotions from the women — good vs. evil — it’s a wrestling match. Not a women’s match or a men’s match. We are all just watching wrestling and there are talented athletes in the ring.”

Despite all her success in the ring, dentistry will be her forever job.

“I love general dentistry, but I want to get a little more experienced with cosmetic dentistry — fixing beautiful smiles,” she said.

Baker was recently certified to administer Botox and lip fillers, which helps people with TMJ problems, and gummy smiles.

“I feel like that side is most rewarding for me personally,” she said. “When I see patients smile in the mirror, they say, ‘Oh my God, it looks great.’ That is so rewarding.”

It takes a special person to juggle two careers, and Britt has a perfect plan.

“At the end of the day, all the important aspects of my life, which are emotionally draining, are all the things I love with my entire heart and soul,” she said. “If it’s something you are that passionate about, it can’t wear you down for the bad. It keeps you motivated. It may be exhausting here or there, but it will never defeat you.”

Don’t let the perfect smile of Dr. Baker fool you. Those same hands that can fix your teeth can also pick you up and body slam you.

Follow Dr. Baker on Twitter and Instagram: @RealBrittBaker

 

Chad Cooper is the Entertainment Editor. Contact cooper [at] theexaminer [dot] com

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