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The AEW TNT Championship is a professional wrestling television championship created and promoted by the American promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW). It was announced on March 30, 2020 and is named after the TNT television network, which airs AEW's flagship program, Dynamite. The inaugural champion was determined at Double or Nothing on May 23, 2020 in the finals of an eight-man, single-elimination tournament between Cody and Lance Archer.

History

In September 2019, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) Executive Vice President and wrestler Cody teased the idea that the promotion would eventually debut a television championship, but their focus at that time was on their other championships. In February 2020, wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer directly asked Cody on the possibility of the promotion adding a secondary championship. Although he did not confirm or deny it, Cody did not rule out the possibility of a secondary or "mid-card" title debuting in 2020. The following month on March 30 on AEW's YouTube series The Road to Dynamite, a secondary championship was announced. AEW play-by-play commentator and senior producer Tony Schiavone revealed that there would be an eight-man, single-elimination tournament to crown the first-ever TNT Champion. The first half of the bracket will be announced on the March 31 episode of Dark, with the second half revealed on the following night's episode of Dynamite. The tournament will begin on the April 8 episode of Dynamite and continue over the next few weeks, with the finals to take place at Double or Nothing on May 23.

The championship is named after the TNT television network, which airs AEW's flagship program, Dynamite. In the press release about the TNT Championship, AEW President and CEO Tony Khan stated: "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."

Inaugural tournament

The first half of the TNT Championship Tournament bracket was announced on the March 31 episode of Dark, with the second half revealed on the following night's Dynamite. The tournament began on the April 8 episode of Dynamite.

  Quarterfinals
Dynamite
(April 8, 15, 22, 2020)
Semifinals
Dynamite
(April 29, 2020)
Final
Double or Nothing
May 23, 2020
                           
   Cody Pin  
 Shawn Spears 21:30  
   Cody Pin  
   Darby Allin 20:10  
 Sammy Guevara Pin
   Darby Allin 10:50  
     Cody Pin
   Lance Archer 21:11
   Dustin Rhodes Pin  
 Kip Sabian 14:10  
   Dustin Rhodes Pin
   Lance Archer 22:45  
 Colt Cabana Pin
   Lance Archer 12:42  


External links

Current AEW Championships
World Championship
Women's World Championship
World Tag Team Championship
TNT Championship
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