The AEW TNT Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by All Elite Wrestling (AEW). The AEW TNT Championship was announced on March 30, 2020. The inaugural champion will be crowned at Double or Nothing on May 23, 2020 at Jacksonville, Florida.
The Championship was named after TNT television network, which broadcasts AEW's flagship program - Dynamite. About the Championship being named after TNT Network, AEW President and CEO Tony Khan stated in a press release:
"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 the AEW but also the great quality programming, massive reach, and storied history in the wrestling business that are all associated with TNT."
An eight-man, single-elimination tournament was drafted to determine the first AEW TNT Champion. The finals will take place between Cody Rhodes and Lance Archer.
The tournament began on the April 8 episode of Dynamite. The proceedings are as follows:
|Cody Rhodes vs Shawn Spears||Cody Rhodes||21:38|
|Sammy Guevara vs Darby Allin||Darby Allin||10:50|
|Dustin Rhodes vs Kip Sabian||Dustin Rhodes||14:10|
|Colt Cabana vs Lance Archer||Lance Archer||12:42|
|Cody Rhodes vs Darby Allin||Cody Rhodes||20:10|
|Lance Archer vs Dustin Rhodes||Lance Archer||22:45|
According to Tony Khan, AEW President and CEO, the winner of the AEW TNT Champion will get a position of his own at AEW World Title Rankings. As revealed by Khan by his twitter reply to a fan the ranking format will be similar to the TNT World 1v1 rankings but AEW will have two males singles champions ranked above the Top 5 as the promotion moves forward into the future.
Another highlight of the finals which will take place on 23rd May will be the belt presentation. It was announced that the first AEW TNT Champion will be crowned by former Boxing Heavyweight Champion and WWE Hall of Famer, Mike Tyson.
|Cody||May 23, 2020||Double or Nothing||1|
|Brodie Lee||August 22, 2020||Dynamite||1|
|Cody||October 07, 2020||Dynamite||2|