Kris Statlander is undoubtedly one of the veterans of the AEW women’s division as she has worked incredibly hard to gain respect in the company. She suffered an injury last year but finally returned at AEW Double or Nothing to win the TBS Championship. That said, it appears that Statlander wasn’t sure if she deserved to break Jade Cargill’s undefeated streak.
It was announced back in August last year that Kris Statlander suffered an injury and was subsequently pulled from the AEW Women’s rankings. To make matters worse, the injury happened to be very painful one.
Kris Statlander shocked the world when she returned during AEW Double or Nothing and managed to beat Jade Cargill for the TBS Championship. Not only did she win the title, but she ended Jade Cargill’s undefeated streak as well.
While speaking on Busted Open Radio, Kris Statlander talked about being the one to defeat Jade Cargill and end her undefeated streak. Statlander admitted that she wasn’t sure if she deserved to break Jade Cargill’s undefeated streak.
“I was nervous and I wasn’t sure if I was the one that deserved to be the one to do it. It’s not just because of how much they’ve built her up, it’s just that she has such incredible star power. She has such a presence to her. People want to see her. I was putting pressure on myself thinking like, how am I going to live up to the type of person and the type of star that she is? She’s undefeated. She’s brought so many outside eyes to wrestling. She’s done so much.
It’s going to take a while to realize that I don’t have to be the next Jade. I just have to be Kris Statlander and I’ve got to make my title reign be mine. I can still go out and do events and do things that she did, but I’m not going to be Jade. No one’s going to be Jade. Jade is the first ever TBS champion, she’s the longest reigning champion in AEW history, and I think those are two incredible accolades that no one else in the world is going to have. It’s a lot of pressure just proving that I am the one that was able to step up, and I can step up, and I will. Even though I’ve taken all this time off because of being injured, I can step right back into the scene and be a champion that people deserve and that people want to see.
It’s been just about a week since I’ve been back and I’ve already technically wrestled four matches and I am so tired, but it’s everything that I’ve wanted it to be and I’m just so thankful everyone has trusted me.”
Kris Statlander already defended her TBS Championship against Nyla Rose on last week’s episode of AEW Dynamite. We’ll have to wait and see what AEW has planned for Kris Statlander in the coming weeks.
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