Teddy Long and Richard Borger of Face2Face Wrestling Academy have revealed how Jade Cargill came to sign with AEW, as well as what it took to get her ready for the squared circle.
When Jade Cargill stepped on the AEW stage in 2020 as a spokesperson for NBA legend, Shaquille O’Neil, news soon followed that All Elite Wrestling had signed the impressive powerhouse to a full time contract and would add her to their women’s division as part of it’s shake-up.
Once the details broke, Cargill gave several interviews crediting several different people for her achievement – Mark Henry and Heath Slater were just two – including Face2Face Wrestling Academy that trained her as a professional wrestler.
Now, Richard Borger and Teddy Long, both of Face2Face, have joined The Wrestling Inc. Daily Podcast to praise the physically impressive athlete and discuss her ascension to the big time. Beginning with Boger, he noted he began her training on the understanding that she was WWE bound:
“Jade came through. She started with us, despite what some people like to say on the internet right now, but she started with us. We started training her with the assumption she was going to go to WWE, and AEW jumped in. The rest is history, but Jade’s an amazing person. When you guys get a chance to sit down with her, highly intelligent, very calculated. You’re going to love it. She’s just an amazing person, and her story, when it all comes through, is going to be one that I think a lot of people are going to be interested to hear.”
Richard Borger then detailed how, after WWE passed on the talent, he received a call from WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry:
“Funny thing, she calls us and says, ‘Hey, Mark Henry from WWE told me that to contact you guys about coming to train, and I said, ‘Oh, this is BS.’ Teddy’s sitting right next to me. I said, ‘Teddy, call Mark. Let’s see,’ because we get people that name drop all the time, usually trying to train for free. And so he calls Mark, and Mark tells him, ‘No, it’s legit. She’s awesome.’ She was a D1 athlete before that. So then she comes in and starts training with us, and oh man, she’s just a beast, solid 8-pack, just a genetic beast. And like I said, great personality, has her degree in child psychology. I mean, just one of the nicest people you could ever meet.”
Teddy Long then pitched in and discussed how, in his opinion, if AEW didn’t think Cargill was ready then she would not have been given the treatment and debut that was afforded to her:
“Well, the way professional wrestling works, she has to be ready or not. They ain’t got time. They’re not going to wait on you, but if they didn’t see good potential in her, and they didn’t see whether she was ready, I don’t think they would ever put her in that spot. So congratulations to her, and I’m telling you man, like Rick said, she’s a beast in the ring. She looks great, and she’s gonna do real good for AEW. I guarantee you that.”
With the AEW women’s division recognised as a weak point in the promotion’s armour, Tony Khan himself has admitted its flaws and currently seeks to better the league in order to create true stars.
Whether Jade Cargill is the answer to the problem remains to be seen, but after her impressive debut and attack on Brandi Rhodes, only time will tell if she possesses the skills between the ropes to be the change the division needs.
Credit for the interview: The Wrestling Inc. Daily Podcast
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.