There is plenty of animosity swirling around this one, all based on a desire to be the best in the Women’s Division, and be the next to get a match with Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D for the World Title in her possession. Thunder Rosa, knowing she holds an unofficial victory over Baker in their instant classic Lights Out match prior to the Good Doctor’s title win, has been hungry for a second chance since her last one at ALL OUT 2020 where Hikaru Shida bested her. It seemed that chance might have come in the Women’s World Title Eliminator Tournament earlier this year, but Nyla Rose ended that dream in the United States bracket finals.
That February fight was the last singles loss Rosa experienced this year, and she has since gone on a 25 match winning streak all while watching Tay Conti, Red Velvet, Kris Statlander, Nyla Rosa, Ruby Soho, and Dr. Britt Baker receive championship opportunities. For some competitors, this would create jealousy and enrage them, but for Thunder Rosa it just enhanced the desire for competition, and drove the need to continually prove that she is the most deserving challenger to the throne. The fact that Nyla and Jade linked up to beat Rosa down on the 9/1 DYNAMITE certainly threw some gasoline on this fire as well.
Now, as for Nyla Rose, the issues with both of her foes on Friday stem from the Women’s Casino Battle Royale at ALL OUT 2021. For one, Rose and Jade Cargill had an agreement to work together in that chaos presumably to whittle the numbers down with the intent of leaving just the two women battling it out for the title opportunity. Both Jade and Nyla had an impressive run in the Battle Royale, after 16 ½ minutes they collectively accounted for six of the eliminations, but Rose would add onto her total by betraying the agreement to dump Jade out herself. Suffice to say that did not sit well with “That Bitch”, but neither did the former AEW Women’s World Champion finding herself eliminated by Thunder Rosa. Of course, before that happened, Nyla added another notch on her Battle Royale belt by eliminating Tay Conti to garner five total eliminations, but ultimately does that number matter when you’re one of the eliminated combatants?
And Jade, well Jade Cargill clearly has issues with Nyla over the aforementioned ALL OUT 2021 betrayal, but the main concern for her is the AEW Women’s World Championship and doing whatever it takes to get there. But what has she done so far? Well since her in-ring AEW debut in March, Jade has racked up 16 total wins, 15 of them in singles competition, including wins over Reka Tahaka, Red Velvet, Kiera Hogan, and Leyla Hirsch to name a few. She has done so with dominating power and a supreme confidence that belies her lack of experience. Jade Cargill makes it easy to forget that she is still in her rookie year as a professional wrestler! Her overall record this year certainly gives Jade the justification for wanting her championship opportunity, and if she can pull out a win here over two former World Champions, one AEW and the other NWA, that will give a huge boost to Jade’s insistence that she should be next in line.
This is already quite a heated situation, now add in the fact that Anything Goes in this fight, and it is liable to get a bit more violent than your standard affair. We have seen Nyla in these situations, we have witnessed Thunder Rosa excel when the rules are a bit more lax, but for Jade this will be uncharted waters.
Which of these athletes will rise up to further cement her status in All Elite Wrestling’s Women’s division and continue staking a claim for a future title bout?