Real Reason Jade Cargill Joined WWE

Jade Cargill explains "no-brainer" decision to jump ship from AEW to WWE.

Jade Cargill

Jade Cargill was officially announced as WWE's latest signing on Tuesday, inking a multi-year deal with the market-leading promotion - a move she has since called a "no-brainer."

Interviewed on The Ringer's Masked Man Show after her WWE signing was announced, Cargill claimed that joining WWE presented endless opportunities, adding that the decision "wasn't easy, but it was easy."


Said the former AEW TBS Champion (h/t Fightful):

“I want to create a legacy. I want to be in the Hall of Fame. I want to wrestle with the best women in the world. There is no grander stage than this stage. The opportunities are endless with this company. It was a no brainer. It was very welcoming. I didn’t have any second thoughts about it at all. It was an easy choice. It wasn’t easy, but it was easy.”

Speaking on the reasons behind her decision to swap AEW for WWE, Cargill said the following of Raw's Cody Rhodes, alongside whom she worked extensively in Jacksonville:

“He was top three, and not third. He is a phenomenal man. I’ve seen what the business did for him, I’ve seen him be the stellar athlete that he is. I didn’t see any different for myself. He was one of the guys that led me to a great decision.”

Rhodes was Cargill's debut opponent in AEW. Arriving in November 2020, she accosted Cody in her debut segment, which was initially intended to build towards Cargill and NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal facing Cody and his wife, Brandi Rhodes. When Brandi became pregnant, she swapped for Red Velvet.

When asked if she felt she had hit a ceiling in AEW, Jade commented:

“I wouldn’t say it’s a ceiling. I would just say that the route I wanted to take was different and the route I wanted to embark on was different. I didn’t see, over there, where I could fit it. The only way I could do it was coming to the WWE Universe. I bet on myself and I made the best decision coming here.”

Cargill's last AEW match came on the 15 September episode of Rampage, where she was defeated by Kris Statlander.

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