It is Friday night, and you know what that means? It’s time once again for another episode of AEW Rampage. This week Jade Cargill looks to notch another victory on her undefeated streak: her opponent this week is AEW Dark veteran Vertvixen. Having already come up short at AEW Rampage’s New Year’s Smash last December, can Vertvixen defeat the champion the second time around? Let’s find out.
Blink, and you’ll miss it because this is a “match” in name only. A quick hip-toss, some push-ups, and a Jaded, and Jade Cargill goes 52-0. While there was nothing technically wrong with it, this is hardly a good match. Sure, seeing Jade on TV keeps her fresh in everyone’s mind. But it does little to serve Jade as a champion and Vertvixen as a relatively new face on AEW to have a match just shy of a minute long. Squash matches are supposed to make a champion look unstoppable in an entertaining manner. A giant monster crushing smaller opponents with crazy feats of strength. The pure awe that makes people fall in love with wrestling in the first place. This match failed to live up to that expectation.
When the Women’s title is building such momentum with Jamie Hayter at the top, and with the added bonus of the title eliminator gimmick, it is a shame to see Jade’s momentum fading. While title tournaments and challenges are AEW’s shorthand for an instant match without the need for much story, it would be nice to see some thought put into who Jade faces week to week. It seems that AEW can’t give the top and mid-card of its women’s division equal amounts of attention.
Those are my thoughts. But what do you think? How are you feeling about Jade’s run these last few months? Is there anything you think could shake up the TBS title scene? Is it time for Jade to drop the belt? Let us know what you think.