In a recent appearance on Busted Open Radio, AEW star Kris Statlander opened up about her surprise return at the Double or Nothing pay-per-view, where she emerged victorious against the previously unbeaten Jade Cargill to become the second-ever TBS Champion.
Reflecting on the momentous occasion, Statlander admitted to feeling nervous about being the one to end Cargill's impressive streak. The pressure weighed heavily on Statlander, considering Cargill's immense star power and presence.
Recognizing Cargill's attention and appeal to wrestling, Statlander questioned her ability to measure up to such a formidable opponent. "How am I going to live up to the type of person and star that she is?" Statlander pondered.
However, she soon realized that she didn't need to emulate Jade but rather embrace her identity as Kris Statlander and forge her path as TBS Champion.
Kris Statlander's Champion Journey
Emphasizing that no one can replicate the powerhouse that Cargill was in AEW, Statlander expressed her desire to be a champion who stands out on her own merits.
She acknowledged the extraordinary accomplishments of Cargill, being the first-ever TBS Champion and the longest-reigning champion in AEW history. "No one's gonna be Jade," Statlander affirmed, recognizing the unique accolades that Cargill earned.
The weight of proving herself as the rightful successor to Cargill's legacy added pressure. Statlander remains determined to step up and deliver as the champion fans deserve and want to see. Despite having faced time off due to injury, Statlander has seamlessly returned to the scene, already competing in four matches within a week.
Though physically exhausted, she expressed immense gratitude for the trust and support she has received. "It's everything that I've wanted it to be, and I'm just so thankful that everyone has trusted me," Statlander remarked.
Her reign as TBS Champion represents an opportunity for Statlander to leave her mark on AEW, showcasing her unique style and capabilities while honoring the impressive legacy of her predecessor. With her triumphant return and historic title win, Kris Statlander continues to captivate audiences with her undeniable talent and determination.
As she carves her path as TBS Champion, Statlander's gratitude and commitment to delivering an exceptional championship reign shine through, solidifying her as a force to be reckoned with in AEW's ever-growing roster of extraordinary athletes.