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Who Is Shayna Baszler ? Read More About Her

Who Is Shayna Baszler ? Read More About Her

Shayna Andrea Baszler was born in August 8, 1980, is an American professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist. She is currently signed to WWE, where she performs on the Raw brand. Baszler is a former two-time and longest combined-reigning NXT Women’s Champion and a two-time WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion with Nia Jax.

Baszler was trained in mixed martial arts (MMA) by former UFC fighter Josh Barnett and in catch wrestling by Billy Robinson. She had her first professional MMA fight in 2006 and gained recognition in the following years for the use of her hammerlock submission set-up while on her back; a set-up which she has used to submit several opponents, including Roxanne Modafferi. In an audio interview on the Sherdog Radio Network, she dubbed the submission, which she created in training, as the “Shwing.” Baszler was signed in 2013 by the UFC to participate on their reality television series The Ultimate Fighter – she would go on to have two professional bouts (0-2) in the company. In 2015, she was cut from the UFC and started her professional wrestling career that same year, again receiving training from Barnett. Baszler has an overall MMA record of 15 wins and 11 losses, with 13 wins by submission.

Baszler, a Khun Kru in the Muay Thai boxing association and a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, wanted to begin incorporating Josh Barnett’s 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 a syllabus and filmed a video to teach her the step-by-step techniques and concepts of catch wrestling and give her tips on how to improve her verbal skills.

Barnett suggested that Baszler carry an electric guitar to the cage to show that she was outspoken. Baszler reluctantly agreed, and the guitar became a signature of her rockstar-like persona. Later, Barnett gave Baszler “The Queen of Spades” nickname due to her ability to perform card tricks – the card magic nickname also gives a nod to her “submission magic”. Baszler refers to her fans as the “Queen’s Army.” 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 Gavere at NFF: The Breakout on March 10, 2007. She won the fight by kimura submission in the first round.

Baszler made her WWE video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K19, and returned for WWE 2K20. Baszler was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Baszler has German ancestry on her father’s side and Chinese ancestry on her mother’s side. Baszler majored in religion at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Kansas. Baszler is a member of the LGBT community.

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 changed his mind about the sport.

Outside of combat sports, Baszler coaches the South Dakota-based roller derby team, the Sioux Falls Roller Dollz and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).