Jade Cargill Explains Why She Left AEW And Signed With WWE

Jade Cargill has gone from being All Elite to All Entertainment, as earlier today, it was officially announced that the former TBS Champion has signed with WWE. On the AEW WrestleDream media call, her former boss, Tony Khan, was asked about her leap from AEW to the competition, and he made it clear he has a lot of respect for her and anticipates a bright career ahead. Shortly after Khan’s comments, WWE shared a video of Cargill entering the Performance Center, presumably to begin her training for TV. It also places her in the same location as tonight’s WWE NXT episode.

On The Ringer Wrestling podcast, Cargill broke her silence on being TKO Group Holdings’ first major acquisition.

“It feels great,” she said. “I feel like I was just in preparation for the grand stage. I felt like this was always the mission. I felt like, you know, the shoe fit. I felt like this was gonna happen. Honestly, this is all expected. So I’m excited to be here.”

It was noted that Cargill had previously had a try-out with WWE before officially signing with AEW. The hosts pressed Cargill on whether the path she took going to AEW before WWE was as expected as she lets on.

“One thing I am is a businesswoman, and I think I made the best route at the time,” she explained. “WWE is a great company, but I took what I had, and I bet on myself, and the outcome obviously paid off.”

The decision to part ways with AEW caught some by surprise based on the consistent push she received on TV as the dominant TBS Women’s Champion. Cargill opened up about why she was drawn to sign with WWE.

“I want to create a legacy,” she said. “I want to be in the Hall of Fame. I want to wrestle with the best woman in the world. I mean, there’s no grander stage than this stage. The opportunities are endless for this company. It’s a no-brainer. It was very welcoming. I didn’t have any second thoughts about it at all. It was just the easy choice. It wasn’t easy, but it was easy.”

“I want to work with the amazing women who are holding the main belts. That’s one of the things that I really wanted to do. A couple of them have reached out to me and wish they would have had that match, and I wish so as well. I could have gone on the mic with a lot of those ladies, but TV time is short, and we have to work with what we got.”

Cargill was also asked whether she felt she had hit her ceiling in AEW.

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

“I am here to create footsteps for the next generation. I want to see little black boys, little black girls, and kids in general look up to me and to know there’s no ceilings. I wear the shattered glass because I’m here to break glass ceilings. I want to create nothing but special. I don’t want there to be no boundaries. I want us to go out there.

“I want us to excel. I don’t want anybody to think this isn’t for us. I want them to see, hey, she did it. I can do it. And I can do it better. And I am totally okay with that because I want the next generation to excel and to take off like they can’t. So now, with a bigger platform, I plan to do nothing short of that.”

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