Jade Cargill has somewhat surprisingly revealed that she was originally meant to be a babyface when she debuted with AEW.
TBS Champion Jade Cargill made her AEW debut in November 2020 before stepping into the ring on the March 3rd 2021 episode of Dynamite when she teamed with NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal to defeat Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet.
In the 11 months that followed Cargill has established herself as one of the top heels in the company while racking up 26 wins without defeat. The unbeaten streak has earned the star comparisons with Goldberg from AEW President Tony Khan.
Appearing on a recent episode of Talk Is Jericho, the star has now revealed that things could have been very different. Although Cargill appears to be at home working as a heel, she explained that she was originally meant to be a babyface.
“I was actually being groomed to be a babyface,” Jade Cargill revealed. “So when they legit popped it on me like the day of, ‘you’re going through the heel tunnel,’ I was like, ‘what, huh? You’re telling me I am a heel? Okay, alright, let me look into this more.’ It was shocking, I had a whole come back.”
In recent months, Cargill won a tournament to crown the first-ever TBS Champion, defeating Ruby Soho in the final. At the end of the match, Cargill appeared to want to deliver her Jaded finishing move from the top rope before Soho talked her out of it.
During her conversation with Chris Jericho, Cargill praised Soho as someone who was easy to work with before admitting that the ending to their match didn’t quite go as planned.
“Next up was Ruby Soho, she was a pleasure to work with as well. Very easy, very experienced,” she added. “It was a great match, it was a banger. The finish wasn’t the best finish that I would have loved to give everybody. It was more so, me trying to push the button with going to the third rope, which she was like, ‘no, we are not doing this.’ I told her I was like, ‘hey, if I feel it,’ because the thing about it, as soon as we got up there we could have just went. It’s literally as soon as I get it go, there wasn’t like a pause, you’ve just got to go.
“When she told me, ‘no,’ I was like, ‘alright, one, two, go.’ Gave her the iggy and we were going. Whatever happened next, that’s just what happened next, but things happen. I am living and learning, I am literally learning after every match, I watched that match. It’s all on me, I take responsibility being that I am the heel and I call the match. I called that spot, and that was on me. Being that I am a leader, and I am learning, being that I have been put in a position to hold the belt, I plan to use that, run with it, and get better.”
Jade Cargill was most recently in action on the January 28th episode of Rampage where he extended her winning run with victory over Julia Hart.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.