Dave Meltzer believes AEW might have dropped the ball with one of its biggest female stars.
At Double or Nothing, Jade Cargill was defeated by a returning Kris Statlander after she had already successfully defeated Taya Valkyrie to retain her TBS Title. Following the surprise return of Statlander, she quickly got the better of Cargill and grabbed the win.
The loss brought to an end Cargill’s undefeated run and title reign that had lasted 508 days. After the event, it was reported that Jade Cargill would be taking some time off and she hasn’t been mentioned on television since. This is despite her being built as a major star and her rising profile outside the ring.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer questioned how AEW handled Cargill’s loss and break, describing it as “some of the weirdest booking ever”
“Now that nobody has mentioned Jade Cargill at all on television in some time, and she’s teased not coming back, that goes down as with hindsight some of the weirdest booking ever. She beat everyone, mostly in one-sided matches but the top women, in particular Britt Baker, were kept away from her. There were only a few competitive matches.
When she finally lost to Kris Statlander, it was total face saving in that she had a match right before. In theory, Statlander vs. Cargill should be a program but she’s gone with no explanation after years of being built.”
Is Jade Cargill Coming Back To AEW?
While it was reported that Jade Cargill would be taking a break, there’s been no word on when she’ll return. In fact — albeit likely in character on Twitter– the woman herself teased she wouldn’t be back at all.
The most recent report on her status suggested that there’s “no timeline” within AEW for her return.