Shayna Baszler was coached by former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett and is known for her friendship with former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (who, together with Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, form the Four Horsewomen group).
She has a record fifteen wins (including fourteen by submission) and eleven defeats in various federations including EliteXC, Strikeforce and UFC, for which he also participated in the reality show The Ultimate Fighter. From 2015 she also entered the world of professional wrestling starting in the independent territory and then reaching WWE, where she twice held the NXT Women's Championship in the development territory of NXT.
At the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on March 8, Baszler won the match to become the number one contender for the Raw Women's Championship, and also set a record, eliminating every other woman, in what was essentially a squash match.
On the March 23 episode of Raw, Shayna was brutually assaulted by Becky Lynch with a steel chair during a sit-down interview. During a recent interview with SuperSports.com, Shayna reflected on possibly becoming the champion at WrestleMania: “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”.