AEW Rampage: Jade Cargill challenges Madison Rayne


Madison Rayne has only been in AEW for a few days and she’s already making an impact (pun not intended). On a special episode of AEW Dark Elevation, Rayne was on commentary. After the women’s match, Jade Cargill came out to introduce herself and had words with her new head coach of the women’s division. Rayne announced she was also an in-ring competitor. She said Cargill might be her first opponent. Cargill suggested Leila Grey should be her first opponent on Rampage. 

Rayne competed in her debut AEW match in front of a live crowd. She and Grey had a very solid match that lasted eight-and-a-half minutes. Rayne looked great in her first match. After getting the win, she was confronted by Cargill. The champ was not impressed that the “Baddie wannabe” couldn’t get the job done. She told Rayne that she has an open challenge on the next Dynamite and “would like to invite you to show up, show out, and get that (expletive) beat.”

After telling her she should take a few days off, Rayne was attacked from behind by Kiera Hogan. Rayne reversed Hogan and looked the champ in the eyes as she put her in the CrossRayne. Statement made and challenge accepted.

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While it may be a bit of a surprise to have Rayne challenge for the TBS Championship so quickly, Rayne is a multi-time champion with over 15 years of experience. She is a different caliber of talent than Cargill has faced. Cargill is on her way to 40 consecutive wins and currently sits at 33. Rayne is new opponent for Cargill and something she needs to keep her title reign fresh.

Rayne is doing a lot in her first week to establish herself as both an in-ring competitor and the head coach of the women’s division. She is setting an example for the rest of the division right away. It establishes her with the locker room and fans who may not be familiar with her work. That being said, she should not underestimate Cargill, especially when she’s just seven wins away from the next big milestone.