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Shayna Baszler Talks Nxt Invasion, War Games And The Wwe Universe Be Not “ready” For

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This year’s Survivor Series pay-per-view changes up the formula a bit. NXT, the once developmental brand, is “going to war” with SmackDown and Monday Night RAW to determine which show is the best.

NXT invaded Friday Night SmackDown following Crown Jewel and continued its assault a few days later on RAW. At the forefront of it all is NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler.

Not only is she one of the most dominant champions in NXT history – man or woman – she is also challenging the top women of both brands at Survivor Series.

Oh, and let’s not forget she’s captaining one team of the first-ever women’s War Games match at NXT Takeover against Rhea Ripley and her team. So to say Baszler has had a wild week is an understatement.

Newsweek caught up with the NXT Women’s Champion to talk about the invasion of RAW and SmackDown and preparing for War Games.

Note: This interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length.

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How do you prepare for a War Games match?

The thing you take from War Games is that there is not a real way to prepare for this. The nature of it, two rings the weapons involved, you can’t watch a War Games match and say you’re ready. You have to understand that everyone is going to be limping out, and that’s the one thing you can prepare for. With that being said, the time I’ve spent being locked in a cage with people with the intent of hurting, I won’t be as intimidated by the steel structure itself than some of the other girls will. I have that going for me, but this is an expect the unexpected type of thing.

You’re becoming one of the greatest NXT superstar of all-time, man or woman. What do you hope your legacy is?

In regards to NXT and the women’s title and the division. NXT is a place where the emphasis is heavy on the women. And every time the women are called to perform and push passed their comfort limits and take it to the next level they deliver. I just really hope people can look back at my legacy and say, “yes she was a part of that lineage that always delivered when asked.”

NXT airs live weekly on USA Network at 8 p.m. EDT.

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