Big Swole announced her departure from All Elite Wrestling a few days ago to the surprise of much of the Internet Wrestling Community, myself included. Her two-plus year run with the company was described as a mutual agreement not to extend her contract. Put another way: the terms of the signed document were fulfilled and the adults in the room each decided to move on to their future endeavours. How refreshingly mature.
Other than by request, I typically only post the quick stats and Combined Metrics for individual wrestlers on their birthdays but I decided to give tweet a special shoutout to Big Swole, if only to put a bow on what was a notable run with the company. At first, I was caught off-guard by the amount of reaction it received but, after reflecting, I began to reconsider what Big Swole had meant and still means to the AEW fans and perhaps current members of the roster as well.
With that, let’s go to the Metrics (combined Battle Royal Points + Quality Points + Ranking Points + Elite Points) and give a big overview of her Career statistics:
- Swole ends her AEW Career ranked 8th All-time, ahead of the emerging Jade Cargill and was only recently passed by the returning Riho. - The majority of her success occurred in 2020 although her record from 2021 is nearly identical. - Swole ranked in the Top 20 Women in all 3 Seasonswith AEW, a feat she shares with few others. - Her participation in, to date, both Women’s Casino Battle Royals also puts her in select company.
- Swole found most of her success on Dark in the Midcard but still boasts a winning record on Dynamite and in Openers; she also won her lone 1-on-1 Main Event. - The PPV victory was the Tooth and Nail match against current Women’s World Champion Dr. Britt Baker, DMD; this vaulted Swole to her only championship match versus Hikaru Shida at Dynamite #54 - Do you remember her low-key 17-match winning Streak? Sadly, I don’t think it was ever fully promoted.
Big Swole was primarily a Singles competitor although she found allies along the way to help her with her battles. Below is a closer look at Swole’s Singles statistics as well as her record with her seven different Tag Team partners:
Swole’s win in the only Women’s 3-on-1 Handicap match in company history counts as win versus the one who was pinned, Penelope Ford. (This match also counted as a Singles loss for Baker and Rebel – then billed as Reba - each of whom she has defeated in 1-on-1 competition.)
Her 2021 feud with Diamanté culminated the Main Event of Dark #103 in Three Strikes (Two out of Three falls) match and remains the only multi-fall Women’s match. Although airing two days after, this match was filmed in front of, and well-received by, the thousands in attendance at Hoffman Estates at the Rampage tapings prior to All Out. This match was her longest in the company in over a year. By dropping the first fall and battling back to win the final two, in some respect, this final prominent match serves as microcosm of Swole’s entire AEW career. Consider the following Match Time Guide:
Swole faced adversity early on in 2019 before scoring what was deemed an upset victory over Official #3 Ranked Emi Sakura to close out the year. This made Swole one to watch as the calendar turned over.
Her 2020 began with mixed results before embarking on a series of victories that would culminate with a competitive match against the eventual longest-reighning Women’s World Champion Hikaru Shida on the first Anniversary Edition of Dynamite; Swole and the company alike had each come a long way in a year.
Following this, the Streak began and this carried Swole into 2021 before coming to a rather uncermonious end in a tag match on Elevation with her most succesful ally, Red Velvet. These two, along with KiLynn King, formed an (at least officially) unnamed faction and teamed up for Swole's sole Trios victory.
While she never climbed to the top of the mountain, Big Swole definitely reached some peaks and deserves a comfortable perch from which to look down on her accomplishments. She helped pave the way in the ring at a time when the Women’s Division was getting quite thin. Her fight for her personal health outside the ring was and continues to be an inspiration for others.
Anyone with questions or comments is encouraged to respond here or on Twitter @AEWmetrics.
--- Note: This particular column was written in a format that was originally planned to debut at the end of December to commemorate the one-year passing of Jon Huber, also known as Mr. Brodie Lee. This is still forthcoming; however, in light of the announcement of the mutual decision for Big Swole and AEW to not renew their contractual relationship, I decided to bring it forward at this time.