In an interview with Tony Schiavone, Cody has revealed that the finished version of the TNT Championship will finally be unveiled tonight on Dynamite.
Cody is the championship’s inaugural holder after defeating Lance Archer in the final of an 8-man tournament at May’s ‘Double Or Nothing’ PPV.
Fans quickly noticed at that event that something was a bit off with the new title and it was subsequently confirmed that the belt given to Cody was merely a placeholder. The creation of the new belt had been delayed significantly by difficulties caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Since winning the title, the EVP has embarked on a more or less weekly open challenge, facing opponents from both the AEW roster and elsewhere. Challengers have included Sonny Kiss, Eddie Kingston, Jungle Boy and Warhose.
On talking to AEW announcer Schiavone, Cody had this to say:
“That’s a softball, right across the plate. You will see it tomorrow night on Dynamite. The finished…’Little Ruth’ here [unfinished TNT Championship], will be replaced. What a wonderful run, in a short span of time, throughout the pandemic and these shows we’ve been putting on. It’ll be very difficult to get this one [unfinished TNT Championship] away from me because this one is was the one that was handed to me. It’s the belt that goes along with the open challenge, this idea and these matches that i’ve had with people pushing me to my own limits, people like Sonny Kiss for example. But, I am excited to see it and the world knew something was off a bit [at Double or Nothing], so i’m excited to see it and i’m glad it will be on Dynamite.”
On tonight’s episode, Cody will defend against So-Cal Uncensored’s Scorpio Sky.
Sky has been on a recent winning streak on AEW Dark and is one of only two men to have pinned Chris Jericho since AEW’s inception in September 2019. The other was Jon Moxley as he defeated the ‘Demo God’ for the AEW Championship.