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Shayna Baszler wants to show ‘fake’ Becky Lynch the ‘reality’ at WWE Wrestlemania 36

Shayna Baszler attacks Becky Lynch (Images: WWE Media)

Bengaluru, March 30: Shayna Baszler enjoyed an impressive run on NXT where she held a long title reign and later moved to the main roster to secure victories over both Lynch and SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley at Survivor Series.

Now, Baszler will be taking on Lynch in WrestleMania 36 which was originally set to take place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida but was moved to the Performance Center in Orlando due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The fomer MMA star earner her shot at the Raw Women's title by overcoming five other superstars at Elimination Chamber.

Shayna Baszler spoke briefly about her upcoming match against WWE RAW Women's Champion Becky Lynch at WrestleMania. The former UFC star also spoke about her MMA background, a potential WWE Raw title win, her links with Ronda Rousey and more.

Here are the trancripts of Shayna Baszler's interview:

How MMA has influenced her WWE career so far?

How MMA has influenced her WWE career so far?

"Obviously there is a familiarity with making that walk to the ring, or a cage, or whatever it may be, to face someone in one on one personal combat. Someone is there to stop you, you are there to stop them. Being in that situation and also in front of a large live audience, and all the lights and stuff that comes with TV, that is a very familiar feeling for me.

"There was no adjustment time as far as that happened... I've been in every situation you can think of in a contest like that... The "submission magician" isn't just an invented name. Mauro called me that when he was calling one of my MMA fights.. Never feeling lost or stressed out is the biggest advantage I have coming from Mixed Martial Arts."

On Ronda Rousey being a big influence on her career

On Ronda Rousey being a big influence on her career

"If it was upto, I guess not so much Ronda, but it was up to Ronda's mother, she would take full credit for the way my life and career has gone at the moment! ... There was a time where I was living with Ronda in a house together in Venice. And I've always been a fan of wrestling and one day I happened to have wresting on the TV, and I was watching Smackdown... and Ronda's mum came to the living room and she goes ‘you are not watching this, you are studying this'... and she said ‘keep that in mind' and then walked away."

"Ronda set the four of us up in a way that we could concentrate on being exactly what we are... You don't make a lot of money in MMA, especially at first... She set us up so that we could just concentrate on showing up at the gym... We were free to concentrate on being whatever it is we wanted to be and that is what really set the tone for where I am at today."

What would RAW Women’s Champion win at WrestleMania mean to her?

What would RAW Women’s Champion win at WrestleMania mean to her?

"It'll crush Becky Lynch. She wants to talk about my whole life being a lie? ...I think fans that aren't familiar with the way that I wrestle, I'm here to show them a little bit of reality. This is what's real. This is what really happens if you get in a fight with someone that you shouldn't. This is how it works.

"This is what happens when you put a small animal in a lions dens and the lion wants to play with its food. This is reality.... I have a burden that I have to show what reality is and if I have that Title everyone will be forced to look at it."

A final message for Becky Lynch ahead of WrestleMania

A final message for Becky Lynch ahead of WrestleMania

"I think that Becky Lynch, and her fans included, have gotten so used to seeing........fake.....that for her to stand in a ring and talk about everything I do becoming a lie...that I'm about to show what happens when reality hits you....Everyone's about to get hit with a hard dose of reality and I am that reality."

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Story first published: Monday, March 30, 2020, 15:27 [IST]
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