Jade Cargill Reveals Why She Signed With AEW Instead Of WWE

WWE wanted her to be part of their family

While Jade Cargill has quickly established herself as a star in All Elite Wrestling, having amassed a 25-0 record and captured the TBS Title since her debut in March of 2021, it all could have been so different if That B*tch signed with WWE. 

Cargill noted on Talk Is Jericho that she had a WWE tryout prior to joining AEW but the company had mixed feelings because she didn't need to wrestle to survive. 

"They called me back. I'm not going to name the person's hand that I shook. They wanted me. The problem they found that they had mixed feelings about was that, like I mentioned, I don't need wrestling. I don't need to do this. A lot of people, especially at the trial, need this, like, this is how they feed their families. They've been doing this forever, you know, and for them to get to this point, they will give anything and everything to do it. So they were like, 'We want you, We're going to sign you, but we're kind of worried about how bad you want this, and we're not just some reality show. We're not just glitter and lights and cameras.' I was like, okay," Cargill began.

"He said, 'Also you have a child?' I said, 'Yeah, you know, I do', and they were like, 'Well, what are you going to do?' because at that time my daughter was two. I was like, 'Well, thankfully, because I have money, we can pay a tutor to help tutor my child being that we have to relocate to Orlando. I can have a 24-hour nanny,' but they were really grilling me about it in which I was kind of cut off. 

"I was like, 'Well, my spouse can travel with me wherever we go. This could be easy for me. I thought about all the precautions to this, like, I've been warned about travelling, I get it.' He said, 'Yeah, I get what you're saying, but this is your family now. I want you to know that.' I was like, 'I get it. I totally understand that, but I've thought about it, and I want it. I've been training for this, this is what I want.' They're like, 'Alright, well, we'll see,'" she continued.

After the meeting, WWE sent Cargill a contract but she later went to AEW and felt more comfortable in the promotion, ultimately opting to sign with Tony Khan's company instead.

"So they sent the contract, they wanted me to do it. AEW came about and I came here, I got the experience, and I felt calm. I remember you (Chris Jericho) and I had this conversation in the car. It made me feel at ease about the decision that I wanted to make," she added.

"I didn't have to relocate. I felt at home. I could call the owner of our company and talk to him and he knew my name. He knew my purpose. He knew that I wanted to do this, and that mattered to me. I wasn't just a number. I wasn't just this person, like who was this person? He knew exactly who I was, so that made me feel comfortable, and yes, the other company was p*ssed off that they sent me this 100-page contract, but I made the best decision for my family, and I made the best decision for myself."

Cargill also revealed WWE wanted her to sever ties with third-party companies she was working with, something the AEW star was reluctant to do, especially as she wouldn't have those deals if the promotion later released her. 

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