On Friday, AEW took to Twitter to announce that Baker will be out of action due to a knee injury. Details about the nature of the performer's injury have yet to be confirmed, but the tweet promised that all will be revealed at tomorrow's show.
Baker was set to face off against Kris Statlander, but she will be replaced by Penelope Ford, who's been making waves as a heel in her own right. However, losing Baker is unfortunate as she has been featured prominently on television in recent weeks, suggesting that the company had big plans in mind for her at the event.
As documented by Sportskeeda, Baker picked up the injury on the latest episode of Dynamite. She was featured in a tag team match that had her team up with Nyla Rose to face Hikaru Shida and Statlander. The injury occurred during a spot in which Statlander threw Rose onto Baker.
Baker was in visible discomfort after the botch, and her being removed from the pay-per-view has been assumed ever since. Hopefully, the injury won't keep her on the sidelines for too long, but that remains to be seen.Baker made her AEW debut at last year's Double or Nothing show, making history as a competitor in the company's first ever women's match. While she didn't win, her performance showed a lot of promise.
The wrestler has been a mainstay on AEW television since that show, but she only began to gain real steam when she turned heel earlier this year, on the episode of Dynamite that took place on Chris Jericho's cruise.
Baker has been incorporating her real-life dentist expertise into her gimmick as well, which has made her one of the most compelling characters on the roster at the moment. While her real-life medical accomplishments have always been acknowledged on television, she's finally starting to brag about them.
While Baker will be missed, tomorrow's pay-per-view promises to be exciting. The Elite will take on The Inner Circle, Jon Moxley will defend his World Championship against Brodie Lee, and Cody Rhodes and Lance Archer will compete to become the inaugural TNT Champion. Mike Tyson will also be present.
However, the Casino Ladder Match is highly anticipated as it features a mystery competitor. Given that some superstars have been released from WWE in recent months, there has been speculation of everyone from Sting to Drew Gulak appearing.