Baszler in April 2018
August 8, 1980 |
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
|Alma mater||MidAmerica Nazarene University|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Billed weight||136 lb (62 kg)|
|Billed from||Sioux Falls, South Dakota|
|Trained by||Josh Barnett
WWE Performance Center
|Debut||September 26, 2015|
Shayna Baszler (born August 8, 1980) is an American former mixed martial artist and current professional wrestler, currently signed to WWE where she performs in their developmental territory NXT where she is the current NXT Women's Champion in her first reign. She formerly trained under former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett.
Baszler gained recognition for popularizing a particular hammerlock submission set-up while on her back; a set-up which she has used to defeat many fighters, including Roxanne Modafferi. In an audio interview with Jordan Breen on the Sherdog Radio Network, she dubbed the submission, which she created in training, as the "Shwing."
Under Billy Robinson, Baszler is the only certified female catch wrestler in the United States. As of April 2015, Baszler is ranked the #32 women's bantamweight mixed martial artist in the world, according to Fight Matrix. She has an MMA record of 15 wins and 11 losses, with 13 wins by submission.
Baszler, a Khun Kru in the Muay Thai boxing association and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt, began incorporating catch wrestling into her MMA training. This proved to be somewhat difficult because she could not train with Barnett in Southern California, so Barnett wrote her a syllabus and a video teaching the step-by-step secrets of catch wrestling and how to improve her verbal skills. Barnett also suggested that Baszler carry an electric guitar to the cage to show that she was outspoken. Baszler reluctantly agreed, and the guitar has become a signature of her rock star-like persona.
Barnett began calling Baszler "The Queen of Spades" due to her card tricks, which is her nickname today. Her card magic can also be related to her submission magic. She is sometimes labeled the "submission magician," confusing commentators with her creativity. Baszler refers to her fans as the "Queen's Army."
August 8, 1980 |
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
|Other names||The Queen of Spades|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||67.5 in (171 cm)|
|Style||Catch Wrestling, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Glendale, California|
|Team||CSW, Next Edge Academy of Martial Arts, Glendale Fighting Club (2013-present)|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||MidAmerica Nazarene University|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Baszler faced Amanda Buckner at MFC: USA vs. Russia 3 on June 3, 2006. She lost the fight by TKO in the third round.
She faced Samantha Anderson at NFF: The Breakout on March 10, 2007. She won the fight by kimura submission in the first round.
Baszler debuted for EliteXC at a ShoXC event on July 27, 2007. She submitted veteran Jan Finney with a first-round armbar and repeated the feat three months later against Jennifer Tate. After defeating Keiko Tamai with an impressive Twister submission at a third ShoXC event, Baszler moved up to the main EliteXC cards.
Baszler entered the Freestyle Cage Fighting Women's Bantamweight Grand Prix at FCF 39 on January 30, 2010 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. She submitted Megumi Yabushita with a twister submission in the first round of their quarterfinal bout. It was the second time that Baszler had won an MMA fight with the unique submission.
Baszler was scheduled to face Jan Finney in the tournament final at FCF 43 on June 12, 2010. However, Finney withdrew in order to compete in Strikeforce and Baszler faced Adrienna Jenkins instead. Baszler defeated Jenkins by first-round armbar to become FCF Women's Bantamweight Grand Prix Champion.
On November 19, 2010, Baszler faced Elaina Maxwell at The Cage Inc.: Battle At The Border 7. Baszler defeated Maxwell by submission due to a kneebar in the first round to become the first TCI Women's 140 lbs Champion.
Baszler was scheduled to defend her TCI title in a rematch with Alexis Davis at The Cage Inc.: Battle At The Border 10 on July 30, 2011. However, the fight was cancelled after Davis signed with Strikeforce.
On April 28, it was announced that Baszler would face Sara McMann in the main event of Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann. The event took place on July 28, 2012. In a back-and-forth affair, Baszler lost the fight in what was considered to be a controversial unanimous decision. The bout was named fight of the night.
Baszler faced Alexis Davis in a rematch at Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt on January 5, 2013. She was defeated via technical submission due to a rear naked choke in round three. The bout was named fight of the night.
In August 2013, it was announced that Baszler was one of the fighters selected to be on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate. In her fight to get into the TUF house, Baszler faced Colleen Schneider and won via an armbar submission in the first round. Baszler was then selected by Ronda Rousey as the first team pick and the first fight of the season against Julianna Peña. Baszler lost to Peña after tapping out due to a rear naked choke in the second round.
Baszler faced Amanda Nunes on March 21, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 62. She lost the fight via TKO in the first round after taking multiple leg kicks and was subsequently released from the organization.
On March 1, 2015 at Ring of Honor's 13th Anniversary Show, Baszler accompanied reDRagon to the ring for their ROH World Tag Team Championship defense. After they won, she helped cut a celebratory promo, where they described her addition to the team as "[finding] our Ringo". After training under Josh Barnett, Baszler made her professional wrestling debut on September 26, 2015, losing to Cheerleader Melissa for Quintessential Pro Wrestling (QPG) in Reno, NV. Baszler was attacked by Nicole Matthews after the match, setting up a future match between them. On October 30, Baszler defeated Matthews in their first match against each other, but lost in their second meeting, a KO or submission only match in January 2016, won by Matthews via KO in just over 9 minutes. On January 23, 2016, at a Magnum Pro Wrestling event in Omaha, Nebraska, Baszler defeated Heather Patera. On July 17, Baszler defeated Ruby Raze to become the Premier Women's Champion at Premier XIII.
Baszler debuted for Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW) in April 2016, losing to Mia Yim. She returned to the promotion in June, defeating Veda Scott. She then returned to the promotion again in August, defeating Annie Social. On September 9, she defeated Heidi Lovelace to become the AIW Women's Champion. She made her first successful defence against Britt Baker on November 5, and again retained the championship against Ray Lyn and Ayzali in a three way match for Rise Wrestling on November 10. She once again successfully retained the championship against Lovelace in a rematch on November 25.
In June 2016, Baszler made her debut for Shimmer Women Athletes at Volume 81, defeating Rhia O'Reilly. She defeated Solo Darling at volume 82, and at volume 83, she unsuccessfully challenged Nicole Savoy for the Heart Of Shimmer Championship. She once again defeated Mia Yim at volume 85. She returned in November, teaming with Mercedes Martinez in a loss to The Aussie Squad (Kellie Skater and Shazza McKenzie) at volume 86. At volume 87, she faced Kay Lee Ray, Heidi Lovelace and Vanessa Kraven in a fatal four way match, won by Kraven. At volume 88, she lost to Shazza McKenzie by disqualification. At volume 89, she once again lost to McKenzie in a no disqualification match. At Volume 90, she once again defeated Heidi Lovelace.
In October 2015, Baszler worked two events for Japanese promotion World Wonder Ring Stardom, during their American tour in Covina, California, first teaming with Brittany Wonder and Datura in a loss to Oedo Tai (Act Yasukawa, Kris Wolf and Kyoko Kimura), and unsuccessfully challenging Cheerleader Melissa for the GRPW Lady Luck Championship two days later. She returned to the promotion in January 2017, this time touring Japan. She made her debut on January 3, teaming with Mayu Iwatani and Jungle Kyona to defeat Sumie Sakai, Kagetsu and Kyoko Kimura. The following day, she teamed with Nixon Newell and Kay Lee Ray to defeat Iwatani, Kairi Hojo and Konami. The following day, she faced Himomi Mimura and Viper in a triple threat match won by Viper. On January 15, she took part in another triple threat match, this time defeating Momo Watanabe and Jungle Kyona. On January 29, she teamed with Deonna Purrazzo and Christi Jaynes to defeat Kris Wolf, Viper and Kagetsu. On February 23, Baszler unsuccessfully challenged Io Shirai for the World of Stardom Championship.
On July 13, 2017, Baszler entered WWE's Mae Young Classic, defeating Zeda in the first round. The following day, Baszler first defeated Mia Yim in the second round, then Candice LeRae in the quarterfinals and finally Mercedes Martinez in the semifinals to advance to the finals of the tournament.. She defeated Candice LeRae by submission in the quarterfinals; afterward, she kept applying the hold until the bell had been rung multiple times, then kicked Candice as she was attended by doctors and her husband Johnny Gargano while also berating the fans, cementing Baszler's heel persona.[unreliable source] On September 12, Baszler was defeated in the finals of the tournament by Kairi Sane.
Baszler made her NXT debut at a house show on August 10, 2017, where she teamed with Billie Kay and Peyton Royce, they were against the team of Kairi Sane, Aliyah and Dakota Kai, in a six-woman tag team match, which Baszler's team lost. On August 12, she made her singles debut, defeating Zeda and then defeating Taynara Conti in another match. On October 3, WWE officially announced that Baszler had signed with the company and started training at the WWE Performance Center. On the December 6 episode of NXT, a vignette aired teasing Baszler's televised debut. On edition of December 27, 2017, she made her televised debut as a heel, attacking Kairi Sane. On the edition of January 10, 2018, Baszler made in-ring debut, defeating Dakota Kai by referee stoppage. Afterwards, Baszler continued to attack Kai until NXT Women's Champion Ember Moon made the save. That led to a title match at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia on January 27, where Moon defeated Baszler to retain the title. Baszler received another title match against Moon at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans on April 7, where Baszler defeated Moon by technical submission to win the title.
Baszler was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the daughter of Skip and Margaret Baszler. Her father is of German descent, while her mother is of Chinese descent. Baszler majored in religion at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Kansas before beginning her mixed martial arts training.
Baszler was a key spokesperson in the movement to create a South Dakota athletic commission for combat sports. She once delivered a speech that touched opposing Rep. Steve Hickey, who once labeled MMA as the "child porn" of sports. After visiting Baszler at the Next Edge Academy of Martial Arts, the training place of Baszler, as well as other mixed martial arts fighters and practitioners, Hickey stated he regretted his analogy as it detracted from his point which, for him, remained true.
|Professional record breakdown|
|26 matches||15 wins||11 losses|
|Loss||15-11||Reina Miura||Decision (unanimous)||Deep Jewels 15||February 25, 2017||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Lightweight bout.|
|Loss||15-10||Amanda Nunes||TKO (leg kick)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare||March 21, 2015||1||1:56||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||15-9||Bethe Correia||TKO (punches)||UFC 177||August 30, 2014||2||1:56||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Loss||15-8||Alexis Davis||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt||January 5, 2013||3||0:58||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||15-7||Sarah D'Alelio||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama||October 6, 2012||2||0:37||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||14-7||Sara McMann||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann||July 28, 2012||3||5:00||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||14-6||Elaina Maxwell||Submission (kneebar)||The Cage Inc.: Battle At The Border 7||November 19, 2010||1||4:03||Hankinson, North Dakota, United States||Became First TCI Women's 140 lbs Champion|
|Win||13-6||Adrienna Jenkins||Submission (armbar)||Freestyle Cage Fighting 43||June 12, 2010||1||2:12||Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States||Became FCF Women's Bantamweight Grand Prix Champion|
|Win||12-6||Alexis Davis||Decision (unanimous)||Freestyle Cage Fighting 40||March 27, 2010||3||5:00||Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||11-6||Megumi Yabushita||Submission (twister)||Freestyle Cage Fighting 39||January 30, 2010||1||4:50||Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||10-6||Sarah Kaufman||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg||June 19, 2009||3||5:00||Kent, Washington, United States|
|Loss||10-5||Cris Cyborg||TKO (punches)||EliteXC: Unfinished Business||July 26, 2008||2||2:48||Stockton, California, United States|
|Win||10-4||Keiko Tamai||Submission (twister)||ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series||April 5, 2008||1||2:05||Friant, California, United States|
|Win||9-4||Jennifer Tate||Submission (armbar)||ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series||October 26, 2007||1||0:44||Santa Ynez, California, United States|
|Win||8-4||Jan Finney||Submission (armbar)||ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series||July 27, 2007||1||2:40||Santa Ynez, California, United States|
|Win||7-4||Samantha Anderson||Submission (kimura)||NFF: The Breakout||March 10, 2007||1||1:00||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||6-4||Tara LaRosa||TKO (punches)||BodogFight: Costa Rica||February 18, 2007||2||3:15||Costa Rica|
|Win||6-3||Roxanne Modafferi||Submission (hammerlock)||MARS: BodogFight||October 4, 2006||1||1:08||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||5-3||Amanda Buckner||TKO (punches)||MFC: USA vs Russia 3||June 3, 2006||3||3:03||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||5-2||Julie Kedzie||Submission (armbar)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 22||March 18, 2006||1||N/A||Racine, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||4-2||Amanda Buckner||Submission (armbar)||Ring of Fire 20: Elite||December 10, 2005||1||4:28||Castle Rock, Colorado, United States|
|Win||4-1||Cindy Romero||Submission (punches)||UCS: Battle At The Barn 9||May 7, 2005||1||N/A||Rochester, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||3-1||Heather Lobs||Submission (choke)||Jungle Madness 2||January 15, 2005||1||1:51||Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||2-1||Kelly Kobold||Submission (punches)||Reality Cage Fighting||May 15, 2004||2||2:20||South Dakota, United States|
|Win||2-0||Christy Zimmerman||Submission (armbar)||Reality Cage Fighting||November 14, 2003||1||N/A||South Dakota, United States|
|Win||1-0||Tina Johnson||Submission (armbar)||Reality Cage Fighting||October 31, 2003||1||1:20||South Dakota, United States|