Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark Signal Change After Frustrating WWE Raw Defeats

WWE stars Baszler and Stark face pivotal career moments.

by Noman Rasool
Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark Signal Change After Frustrating WWE Raw Defeats
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In a challenging day reminiscent of recent struggles faced by the Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers, WWE's Shayna Baszler and Zoey Stark found themselves on the losing end in their respective "Queen of the Ring" tournament matches during Monday's episode of "Raw." Stark faced a setback against "NXT" newcomer Lyra Valkyria, and Baszler was outmaneuvered by her longtime adversary, former WWE Women's Champion IYO Sky.

In the aftermath of their defeats, Baszler and Stark expressed their frustrations in exclusive post-match interviews with WWE correspondents Cathy Kelly and Jackie Redmond. A visibly perplexed Baszler confided to Kelly that she senses a fundamental flaw in her approach.

“Something’s not working,” Baszler remarked, reflecting on a string of disappointing performances. She hinted at a misalignment in her motivation and, overwhelmed with emotion, abruptly left the interview to reassess her strategies.

Stark's Fierce Comeback Plan

On the other hand, Stark’s reaction was one of outright anger. Speaking to Redmond, she vehemently denied being bested by Valkyria on skill alone, instead attributing the loss to her own failure to elevate the match's intensity.

“I didn’t push her to the point that I needed to,” Stark admitted, expressing a fierce determination to rediscover the form that accompanied her early days on "Raw." During her initial stint, Stark had aligned with WWE legend Trish Stratus and achieved a notable victory over current Women’s World Champion Becky Lynch.

Both athletes conveyed a strong desire for change. Stark, in particular, emphasized the urgency of this transformation, declaring, “We need to make some changes, and those changes have to come sooner than later”.

As they navigate through this transitional phase, Baszler and Stark are set on a course to recalibrate and reclaim their positions at the pinnacle of WWE’s competitive hierarchy. This reflection and anticipated adaptation highlight a pivotal moment in their careers, signaling potential shifts in their approaches as they aim to ascend the ranks once again.

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