Jade Cargill and Red Velvet have been in the ring with each other on three occasions in their AEW careers. Their first time also marked the professional wrestling debut of Jade Cargill as she teamed with NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal to defeat Red and Cody Rhodes in a wild tag team affair back in March. After Cody and Shaq crashed through a table on the outside, Jade scored the win for her team to start her AEW career off on the good foot.
Round two, their lone singles meeting prior to this Friday night, took place just over a month later on the April 14th edition of DYNAMITE. In seven and a half minutes, it was once again Jade who came out victorious, continuing her unbeaten streak that persists to this day with seventeen straight singles wins and eighteen victories overall.
Their third encounter came not in a singles or tag team format, but rather as participants in the Women’s Casino Battle Royale at ALL OUT 2021. Although neither woman earned a Women’s World Championship match as the victor, Cargill found some satisfaction in being the one to eliminate Red Velvet from the competition. Unfortunately for Jade, her arrogance at that accomplishment cost her the opportunity as well when Nyla Rose dumped Cargill over the top rope a mere ten seconds after Red Velvet was eliminated.
Clearly the bad blood that exists between Jade and Velvet never faded, and as soon as the brackets for the TBS Women’s Championship Tournament were released, one of the most intriguing possibilities was this bout right here. Jade, given her standings in the rankings, was one of the women given a bye in the first round while Red Velvet had to fight her way through The Bunny on RAMPAGE two weeks ago. Once that victory was secured, and Velvet advanced to the Quarter-Finals, her eyes were firmly locked on a second singles dance with Cargill. Red even planted herself ringside when Jade was given a match with Santana Garrett to celebrate her one-year AEW anniversary, and made sure to ruin Smart Mark Sterling’s attempt at a post-match celebration by smashing the cake on his face before brawling with his client.
On Friday night, these two women will get a chance to fight in an official capacity as each one not only aims to maim, but also looks to advance in the TBS Women’s Championship Tournament and face the winner of the Thunder Rosa/Jamie Hayter Quarter-Final match-up!