All Elite Wrestling has announced a tournament will kick off next month to determine the promotion’s first-ever TNT Champion.
The press release states:
AEW announced its first-ever “TNT CHAMPIONSHIP,” a high-stakes, eight-man tournament which kicks off on Wednesday, April 8, on the weekly AEW: DYNAMITE show on TNT. The single-elimination tournament will feature the biggest names in AEW all vying for the inaugural TNT CHAMPIONSHIP belt.
Wrestlers in the first half of the tournament bracket will be revealed this Tuesday, March 31, on AEW’s YouTube show, AEW DARK. The second half of the bracket will be announced this Wednesday, April 1, during the live AEW: DYNAMITE show on TNT.
The TNT CHAMPIONSHIP will culminate with an epic final match at DOUBLE OR NOTHING, AEW’s highly anticipated PPV event on Saturday, May 23, in Las Vegas.
“It’s been a privilege working with Kevin Reilly and TNT to bring fans the best live wrestling show week after week on AEW: DYNAMITE, especially during these tumultuous times,” said Tony Khan, president and CEO of AEW. “I’m glad we’re now able to announce the TNT CHAMPIONSHIP. The first ever titleholder will be determined by an unforgettable tournament that fans will not want to miss, and that our wrestlers will be desperate to win. I’m excited for the announcement of the full bracket live on Dynamite this week. And, it’s only fitting that the champion and the title belt will carry the logo of the globally-respected TNT brand, and that they’ll represent not only AEW but also the great quality programming, massive reach, and storied history in the wrestling business that are all associated with TNT.”
Watch the video announcement on “Road To Dynamite” below.
The first four participants in AEW’s upcoming TNT Championship tournament have been revealed.
AEW Dark this week kicked off with Tony Schiavone and Cody Rhodes announcing the first two tournament matches: Shawn Spears vs. Cody and Sammy Guevara vs. Darby Allin.
Cody reacted to the announcement talking about how the first match is an All Out rematch and how both of his possible second opponents have taken him to the limit as well.
The tournament to crown AEW’s first-ever TNT Champion is set to begin next month and scheduled to culminate at Double or Nothing in Las Vegas on May 23.
The rest of the competitors will be announced on Dynamite this week.
Watch this week’s episode of AEW Dark for the full announcement.
Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet