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Shayna Baszler Reveals Her Favourite NJPW Performer

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WWE Superstar Shayna Baszler appeared on this week’s episode of Renee Paquette’s Oral Sessions. The former MMA fighter and WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion discussed a number of topics during the show; including her love of Pancrase, UWF-i and adopting traits of ‘shoot’ fighting into her style.

“I think it’s been this constant kind of juggle to wrestle the way I need to wrestle now, while still staying true to my martial [arts] upbringing” Shayna Baszler began on the show. “Going to Japan before I got signed really helped, because the Japanese wrestling fans understand my style of wrestling, a lot faster than American fans are like fans in the West.”

Shayna Baszler Talks Favourite Wrestler

“It’s just a style that’s very known to them” Shayna Baszler continued. “With like Pancrase and UWF-i, and you see [it in] some of those guys even over there now. Minoru Suzuki is like my favourite wrestler in the world right now. And seeing him, the way he’s able to kind of mix the two [styles].”

Baszler finished by saying that she was concerned about not being as ‘flashy’ as the other Japanese talents when she went there; however her trainer Josh Barnett reassured her, saying that she should be different from the rest of the pack. “When I went to Japan, I was like anyone else and Josh can attest to this, I was like, ‘but I want to do the cool stuff! Nobody cares that I’m twisting their arm. He’s (Josh) like, ‘nope, you are doing things that no other girl can do. Like any girl can do a missile dropkick off the top, but like you can bend someone’s arm in a gross way, you’re someone that can make people watch through their eyes.'”

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