WWE: Jade Cargill on Decision to Sign with WWE, Update on CM Punk’s Potential WWE Return, More News

Jade Cargill Comments on WWE Signing Decision & Already Knowing Which Brand She Will Debut On

A recent episode of The Ringer’s The Masked Man Show podcast featured Jade Cargill as the guest. One of the topics discussed included Cargill’s thoughts on her recent signing with WWE.

“It feels great. I feel like I was just in preparation for the grand stage, I felt like this was always the mission, I felt like the shoe fit, I felt like this was gonna happen. Honestly, this was all expected so, I’m excited to be here.”

Cargill also gave her decision to leave AEW and sign with WWE.

“I want to create a legacy, I want to be in the Hall of Fame, I want to wrestle with the best women in the world. I mean, there’s no grander stage than this stage. The opportunities are endless for this company. It’s a no-brainer. It was very welcoming. I didn’t have any second thoughts at all. It was just an easy choice. It wasn’t easy but it was easy.”

Cargill also gave her thoughts about if Cody Rhodes being in WWE was an important factor for her decision to sign with the company.

“He (Cody Rhodes) was top three and not third (she laughed). Cody is a phenomenal man. I see what the business did for him, I see him just be the stellar athlete that he is and I didn’t see any different for myself. But, he was one of the guys (who was influential in me joining WWE)…”

Cargill also gave her thoughts about if she had hit a ceiling with her career in AEW.

“I wouldn’t say it was a ceiling (I hit at AEW). I would just say that the route that I wanted to take was different and the route that I wanted to embark on was different and I didn’t see, over there, where I could’ve did it and the only way I could do it was coming to the WWE universe. So I bet on myself and I made the best decision by coming here …

I wish I would have worked with the amazing women who are holding the main belt. That’s one of the things that I really wanted to do. A couple of them have reached out to me and wishes they would’ve had that match and I wish so as well. I could have gone on the mic with a lot of those ladies. But, TV time is short and we have to work with what we got but, yeah, of course. I could’ve had some dream matches before arriving to the grand stage.”

In a separate interview with ESPN, Cargill stated that she already knows which main roster brand she will be debuting for in WWE.

“It has (been hashed out as far as what show I’ll be on) and guess what? Everybody’s gonna have to tune in to every network and see where I’m going. That’s what I’m here for. I’m here to stir the pot and to get people guessing where I’m going to be so, just tune in.”

Transcript h/t: PostWrestling.com 1 & 2

Backstage Reaction to CM Punk’s Potential Future Return to WWE Still Very Negative

As noted before, AEW terminated CM Punk’s contract with cause earlier this month following their investigation into his backstage incident with Jack Perry at their All In event this past August. The general backstage feeling over the potential of CM Punk returning to WWE is currently more negative than positive within the company.

Dave Meltzer reported in a recent episode of the Wrestling Observer Radio that his sources stated that there are still a lot of people within both WWE’s management and locker room who still hold bad feelings about Punk over the idea of him making a return in the future to the company.

Meltzer also reported that in terms of a locker room disruptive situation, Matt Riddle and Punk were stated to be “leagues apart” in terms of the current view held by WWE over the issues involving both individuals.

Meltzer stated:

“From a locker room, a disruptive situation, that those are leagues apart, you know, Riddle and Punk. There are a lot of people with bad feelings about Punk and management in WWE. There’s nobody with bad feelings in management on Matt Riddle and AEW.”

Transcript h/t: Cultaholic.com

WWE News & Notes

WWE recently released photos and a video of Jade Cargill training at their Performance Center in Tuesday as part of the official announcement of her signing an official contract with the company.

Tuesday’s NXT show featured a teaser vignette for a new mysterious person debuting soon in WWE’s NXT brand. PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that his sources confirmed that the mystery person in the vignette was former AEW talent Brian Pillman Jr.

Tuesday’s NXT show also featured the official announcement of Dani Palmer being one of the competitors for this year’s NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament and the official bracket to be revealed at this Saturday’s NXT No Mercy event.

Following Tuesday’s NXT show, WWE held a digital exclusive backstage interview with Kelani Jordan. During her interview, Jordan issued an official challenge to Blair Davenport for a match at this Saturday’s NXT No Mercy event in Bakersfield, California.

A new wrestling-based autobiographical book based on Becky Lynch is currently scheduled to be released on March 26, 2024. This upcoming book is titled Becky Lynch: The Man: Not Your Average Average Girl and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

TKO Group’s stock has seen a drop in value for four consecutive days in a row following this past Thursday’s announcement of WWE signing a new television deal with NBC Universal for SmackDown to return to USA Network in late 2024. The reason why TKO Group’s stocks have been dropping is due to the monetary amount of WWE’s new deal being less than what WWE and Wall Street had expected. TKO finished this past Monday’s trading hours at $82.17 per share and dropped to $81.06 per share at the end of Tuesday’s trading hours.

Roman Reigns has been noticeably absent from WWE since the August 11th SmackDown show in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Reigns is currently scheduled to make an appearance at the October 13th SmackDown show in Tulsa, Oklahoma based on a recent advertisement by host venue BOK Center.

As noted before, NXT talent Nikkita Lyons has been out of action for WWE since this past January due to a torn ACL and meniscus injury. Lyons recent provided an update on Instagram stating that she has recently healed enough to begin training for an in-ring return in the future.

WWE filed a trademark for “Global Localization” on September 18th for wrestling and entertainment-related purposes to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

In a recent interview with WrestlingNews.co, NXT talent Tiffany Stratton gave her thoughts about why WWE dropped her previous “Daddy’s Little Rich Girl” character in NXT. Stratton stated “In the beginning I was kind of like Daddy’s little rich girl. I kind of just was like, I want to get on TV. And you know, this was kind of like new & different I guess. So I pitched it. It stuck. And it works for a little bit until they’re like, we don’t have a Daddy for you. So you’re not Daddy’s little rich girl. We never got that far. We never really [thought] it out. So that’s why I think it got scraped. But eventually, the character my big inspo was Sharpay Evans from High School Musical. I think she’s an icon.