During the early days of AEW, Tully Blanchard would join the company as the on-screen manager of Shawn Spears. He would later take a hiatus due to COVID-19, but return a few months later in Spears's corner, as well as that of the tag team FTR, the latter of which has received a lot of comparisons with Blanchard's former tag team with fellow Four Horseman stablemate Arn Anderson, The Brain Busters. However, FTR and Spears never appeared on-screen together despite it being acknowledged that Blanchard was managing both.
Starting in late 2020, Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF) was seeking to join The Inner Circle, another stable in AEW led by Chris Jericho. Jericho agreed to allow MJF to join the stable if he beat him in a match at that year's Full Gear, broadcast on November 7. MJF beat Jericho and was subsequently inducted into The Inner Circle along with his bodyguard, Wardlow. MJF competed as a member of the stable for the next several months, during which time there were suspicions that he was planning some sort of takeover of the stable, meeting privately with fellow team members Jake Hager, Santana and Ortiz. On the February 10, 2021 episode of AEW Dynamite, Sammy Guevara left the faction following a confrontation with MJF.
On the Dynamite episode The Crossroads (aired March 3), Spears and FTR were united on screen with Blanchard for the first time with former Four Horseman manager J.J. Dillon making a guest appearance; likewise, Arn Anderson (who was serving as the "coach" of Cody Rhodes) came out and acknowledged the group with everyone putting up the signature Four Horseman hand signal. At Revolution (aired March 7), the tag team of MJF and Jericho failed to beat The Young Bucks for the AEW World Tag Team Championship, following which, Jericho announced a "War Council", where The Inner Circle members would discuss the future of the stable. At the War Council, Guevara returned to the group and it was revealed that MJF had been planning a coup. However, after the other members of the group revealed that they were still loyal to Jericho, MJF announced that he was actually building his own stable. Following this reveal, the lights went out in the arena, and when they came back on, Tully Blanchard, Dax Harwood, Shawn Spears, Wardlow, and Cash Wheeler had appeared in the ring and subsequently beat up the members of The Inner Circle.
The faction was formally introduced on the March 17 episode of Dynamite, with MJF and Blanchard announcing that the stable would be known as The Pinnacle. The previous day, AEW had filed to trademark the name of the stable. During the announcement, Blanchard recounted how, during his time as part of The Four Horsemen stable, he felt like he was at "the pinnacle" of wrestling, explaining that the new stable was similarly "at the pinnacle of this sport".
At AEW Double or Nothing however, the Pinnacle were defeated by the Inner Circle in a Stadium Stampede match. If the Pinnacle had defeated the Inner Circle, the whole team would have to disband.
Championship and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ranked MJF No. 26 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2021
- Ranked Wardlow No. 218 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2021
- Ranked Dax Hardwood No. 254 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2021
- Ranked Cash Wheeler No. 255 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2021
- Ranked Shawn Spears No. 270 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2021