Jade Cargill became the first ever AEW TBS Champion on this week’s episode of Dynamite. The Jade Brand left her stamp on the company’s debut on the new network as she took down fan favorite Ruby Soho. Tony Khan previously said that Jade is the most dominant wrestler since Bill Goldberg during his undefeated streak in WCW.
Many believed the Cargill victory was a response to a recent controversy. Big Swole commented during an interview that AEW needs to work on their diversity. Tony Khan responded by saying the reason Swole was not re-signed was because she wasn’t a good wrestler. The entire discussion turned into a question of whether Khan was doing enough to support diversity in AEW.
There was nothing to substantiate any of those rumors. Dave Meltzer discussed Jade’s victory in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The plan was for Jade Cargill to become the first TBS Champion before the tournament even began.
“Jade Cargill’s TBS title win may have come off to some as a reaction, but that decision was made before the tournament ever started. There were people internally who believed Swole gave away the tournament finish by pretty much saying they’ll pick Jade before the tournament started, but very few fans made that connection. Evidently there was a discussion with the idea the champion was given away to change it up, but they went with the original plan”
Cargill was always destined to become the first AEW TBS Champion. The Big Swole issue with Tony Khan had nothing to do with it. The plans were made before the tournament and never changed.
Jade Cargill does boast an impressive win-loss record in AEW. According to the official AEW roster page, she is a perfect 23-0 during her run with the promotion. There are a lot of hungry wrestlers in the division who would be thrilled to dethrone Jade. Fans will see plenty more of Jade Cargill as she enters 2022 as a first-time champion.
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