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Shayna Baszler: WrestleMania defeat will crush Becky Lynch

Baszler challenges RAW Women’s Champion Lynch at WrestleMania 36 from the WWE Performance Centre in Orlando, Florida.

Shayna Baszler warned Becky Lynch that defeat will “crush her” ahead of their WrestleMania match for the RAW Women’s Championship.

The bitter feud began after Baszler brutally attacked Lynch on Raw, biting her neck and drawing blood.

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The Queen of Spades then became the number one contender for Lynch’s title when she won the Raw women’s Elimination Chamber match, eliminating every other entrant in the process.

The back-and-forth continued when Lynch savagely attacked Baszler with a steel chair during a sit-down interview before Shayna slammed Becky head-first into the announce table.

Speaking ahead of their grudge match at WrestleMania, Baszler promised to exposed Lynch and give The Man’s fans a reality check.

“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,” she said.

“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.

“I think that Becky Lynch, and her fans included, have gotten so used to seeing ‘fake’. Everyone’s about to get hit with a hard dose of reality. I am that reality.”

Baszler, who has a martial arts background and competed in the UFC for two years facing the likes of Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg, believes her MMA upbringing helped her make the transition to the WWE.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

Baszler credits Ronda Rousey for her career success after she was coached by the UFC Hall-of-Fame inductee in her formative years in the UFC on The Ultimate Fighter reality series.

Rousey also created MMA’s answer to wrestling’s ‘Four Horsewoman’, recruiting Baszler, judo champion Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Juke to join her at MMA Glendale in California.

“Ronda set the four of us up in a way that we could concentrate on being exactly what we are,” said Baszler.

“You don’t make a lot of money in MMA, especially at firs. 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.”

Baszler’s grudge match against Lynch is part of a two-night extravaganza featuring WWE Champion Brock Lesnar vs Drew McIntyre, The Undertaker vs AJ Styles, Edge vs Randy Orton in a Last Man Standing match and many, many more.

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