During the 2017 Mae Young Classic, the wrestling world had its eyes opened, as women's wrestling was a focal point of WWE. The event shared with a wider audience showed just how talented women wrestlers are, and where they are headed. One of the key competitors in the classic was finalist Shayna Baszler. Baszler showed her dominance throughout the tournament, defeating opponent after opponent on her way to the final. Over the past few months or so, Baszler has blitzed her way through the competition upon becoming the NXT women's champion.
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Baszler has shown her utter dominance and ability to systematically take down opponents, leading to her NXT women's championship win over Ember Moon. Do you know all there is to know about the Submission Magician? Do you know everything she has done in and out of the ring? Here are five things you need to know about the Queen of Spade's, Shayna Baszler.
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#5. Her nickname doesn't come from what she has done in the octagon
Since her debut on NXT television, Basler has been choking out opponents left, right and center, and has been a force in her brief time with the promotion. The moniker 'Submission Magician' that is often used by NXT announcer Mauro Ranallo helps describe who she is and what she does in the ring. However, while that nickname is self-explanatory, the origins of another nickname that she has gone by for a long time may surprise some fans.
Baszler is often referred to as the Queen of Spades, and perhaps you may think this nickname is a play on WWE Smackdown Live women's champion Charlotte often being referred to as 'The Queen,' given that she could be considered the leader of WWE's Four Horsewoman consisting of herself, Sasha Banks, Bayley and Becky Lynch. However, the Queen of Spade's nickname is tied to a talent that Baszler possesses outside the ring. She is known for her numerous card tricks, and when word of that got around, her trainer Josh Barnett gave her the Queen of Spade's nickname.