AEW has unveiled its TBS Title and announced there will be a tournament to crown the first champion.
AEW is adding a new title to its ranks: the TBS Championship. A women’s title celebrating Dynamite’s move to TBS in 2022.
AEW‘s television journey has been an interesting one despite only turning two this week. Dynamite has aired on TNT weekly since its inception. On Wednesdays most of the time, but the day of the week has changed occasionally to accommodate for live sport. It then added Rampage to the mix earlier this year, a shorter show which also airs on TNT every Friday.
That all changes in the new year. Dynamite will remain on Wednesday nights but will be on TBS rather than TNT. To celebrate that move, which takes effect on January 5, 2022, AEW has created a brand new championship. The TBS Championship which fans got their very first look at when it was unveiled on Dynamite’s anniversary show this week.
While Tony Khan was the one teasing a big announcement before the show, it was Tony Schiavone and Aubrey Edwards who were afforded the opportunity to reveal it to the world. Edwards held up the title as Schiavone announced that a tournament will take place to crown its first champion. According to The Wrestling Observer, the tournament will begin on the January 5 edition of Dynamite, the show’s TBS debut.
The first handful of participants in the tournament were revealed later on in the show via the video package above. Ruby Soho, Jade Cargill, Thunder Rosa, and Skye Blue or stated their intent to become the first-ever TBS Champion, implying they will all be involved in the tournament when it begins at the turn of the year. The title itself looks very similar to AEW’s TNT Championship.
Of all the things AEW has been criticized for during its first three years, the lack of a push for its female stars might be at the top of that list for many fans. Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa’s brutal no DQ match felt like a turning point in that regard. While the women’s division probably still doesn’t get the time it deserves, a new title, and hopefully more female signings, will almost definitely change that.