A brand new title that was unveiled on Wednesday night and the plans for how a new champion (AEW All-Atlantic Champion) will be crowned were revealed. Yes, there’s going to be another tournament, but this one’s a little different, and it’s already underway.
The match to decide the first-ever All-Atlantic Champion will be a Fatal 4-Way. Eight wrestlers will get the opportunity to qualify through four different matches, the first of which took place on Wednesday night. Buddy Matthews faced off against Pac, with the latter booking his spot, and a chance to become the first All-Atlantic Champion, at Forbidden Door.
Since it’s an AEW championship, three of the spots will be going to AEW wrestlers. The other two qualifying matches will feature Ethan Page battling against the returning Miro, and Malakai Black versus Penta. The fourth spot will go to a New Japan star, giving someone from the promotion the chance to become the first All-Atlantic Champion. Who exactly will get that opportunity is yet to be announced.
The All-Atlantic championship will be the sixth title introduced to AEW, joining the World, TNT, Women’s, TBS, and Tag Titles. Tony Khan has already revealed there will be Trios Titles added in the future, and has considered bringing in Women’s Tag Titles too. The introduction of the All-Atlantic Championship came as quite a surprise, and will likely fill a similar role to the one the Intercontinental Title does in WWE.