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AEW Champion Wrestles in ThunderCats Cheetara Cosplay

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AEW TBS Champion Jade Cargill loves showcasing pop-culture inspired ring gear — and her latest pays homage to the animated series ThunderCats.

AEW wrestler Jade Cargill showcased her love for ThunderCats by sporting some eye-catching ring gear during her TBS Championship defense against Nyla Rose at the Full Gear pay-per-view event on Nov. 19.

During the match, AEW posted video of Cargill’s entrance — for which she was decked out in Cheetara cosplay — on its official Twitter account. Cargill sported her gear honoring the Thunderian noble alongside fellow wrestlers Leila Grey and Kiera Hogan, aka The Baddies, smashing her bo staff as she prepared for battle.

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While in her superhero gear, Cargill defeated Nyla Rose to retain her TBS title and extend her unbeaten record in the promotion to 41-0. The Florida native and wife of former Major League Baseball (MLB) all-star infielder Brandon Phillips has become one of the company’s biggest stars. She has been the TBS Champion since Jan. 5 when she pinned Ruby Soho in the final of a 12-woman tournament for the title.

Cargill’s cosplay-esque gear has become a common theme in her PPV matches since debuting for AEW in November 2020. The 30-year-old professional wrestler showed up as her Mortal Kombat namesake and Edenian assassin Jade for her title match against Tay Melo at AEW Revolution this past March to the sounds of live guitar solo performed by Grammy-winning musician Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. She then dazzled in She-Hulk cosplay, dressing up as the Marvel superhero for her title defense against Athena at All Out in September.

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While the last episode of the original ThunderCats TV series aired in September 1989, the animated show remains a popular one among fans. The initial installment of the series ran for four seasons, with the show later becoming a part of Cartoon Network’s Toonami block. The sci-fi animated series centered around the adventures of cat-like humanoid aliens on the Third Earth planet where they settled after their original planet, Thundera, met its demise. Lynne Lipton voiced Cheetara throughout the series, which was co-written by the late Leonard Starr and Stephen Perry.

A ThunderCats reboot emerged in July 2011 for Cartoon Network, developed by Michael Jelenic and Ethan Spaulding. However, the reboot lasted just one season, airing 26 episodes. A third series in the ThunderCats franchise, ThunderCats Roar, also aired for a single season on Cartoon Network in 2020.

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