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After officially signing with the company on September 26, Jade Cargill made her WWE debut at Fastlane on Saturday.
Cargill arrived at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in a Chevy Suburban and was immediately greeted by a smiling Triple H, who shook her hand and greeted her in WWE.
Cargill made her professional wrestling debut with AEW in 2020, and it quickly became clear that the promotion viewed her as a potential mega star in the making.
In addition to teaming with Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal to defeat Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet in her first career match, Cargill became the inaugural TBS champion and held it for over 500 days.
Jade suffered her first loss at Double or Nothing in May when she fell to Kris Statlander in an impromptu match, and after taking a few months off, she returned for a rematch in September.
Around the same time, rumors and speculation began circulating about Cargill’s expiring contract with AEW and her interest in WWE.
When Cargill lost to Statlander again on an episode of Rampage and they embraced afterward, it seemed clear that the former Jacksonville University basketball star was on her way out of the company.
On September 26, WWE informed ESPN Mark Raimondi Signed, and Raimondi made the matter official with a high-level report.
On the same day, Cargill gave several interviews discussing the decision to sign with WWE, and WWE posted a video of her appearing at the Performance Center and photos of her training in the ring on social media.
At the time, it was not yet clear whether Cargill would start in NXT and improve her skills further or move straight to the main roster on Raw or SmackDown.
Fans got their answer on Saturday, and Cargill is poised to quickly become one of the top female stars in WWE.
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