Kris Statlander has only been TBS Champion for a matter of days but life comes at you fast when you’re a champion and she faces a huge test in her first title defense.
For over 500 days, Jade Cargill has reigned supreme in AEW as the undefeated TBS Champion but at Double Or Nothing, that all changed.
Prior to Double Or Nothing in Las Vegas, Cargill had been the only person to hold the TBS Championship which was introduced to AEW in January 2022. During her reign, Cargill saw off the likes of Anna Jay, Julia Hart, Tay Melo, Marina Shafir, Willow Nightingale, Athena, Nyla Rose, and Taya Valkyrie among many others as she remained undefeated in the company.
At Double Or Nothing, Cargill faced the challenge of Valkyrie once again, and in a closely-fought match, Cargill managed to escape with her gold and take her record to 60-0. After the bout, Mark Sterling took to the microphone and let his mouth run away with him as he issued another open challenge for Cargill’s title there and then.
The Las Vegas crowd rose to their feet when Kris Statlander answered that challenge, marking her return to action following nine months out due to a serious knee injury. Statlander managed to overcome Cargill in the impromptu match and inflict the first defeat of her AEW career.
Now Tony Khan has announced on social media that Kris Statlander faces her first challenger on Dynamite in San Diego, California as she will take on former AEW Women’s Champion Nyla Rose.