Tony Khan promised us a “huge announcement” on Dynamite’s Anniversary show from Philadelphia on Oct. 6.
He didn’t actually make the announcement himself, instead letting Tony Schiavone handle the honors. After running down AEW’s television history, and reminding us that the Wednesday night show is moving to a different channel next year, Schaivone introduced the belt that bears that network’s name - the TBS title.
Tony S. then let referee Aubrey Edwards do the honors of unveiling the new women’s belt.
The TBS Championship is coming to the #AEW women's division when #AEWDynamite moves to @TBSNetwork starting January 5!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) October 7, 2021
Tune in to @tntdrama NOW for the #AEWDynamite 2 Year Anniversary Show LIVE! pic.twitter.com/RDe3N988th
News of the TBS championship broke late last month. The first champion will be crowned in a tournament, but we don’t know yet when that tournament will start or who will be in it. We do know hopes are already high a secondary women’s title will lead to more TV time for AEW’s women’s roster.
Will it? What do you think of the company’s latest belt? Who do you think should be crowned the inaugural TBS champion?
UPDATE: Shortly after the announcement, this video played confirming Thunder Rosa, Skye Blue, Ruby Soho, and Jade Cargill for the tournament.
The #AEW women's roster is already buzzing about the TBS Championship coming in January when #AEWDynamite moves to @TBSNetwork - Tune in to @tntdrama NOW for the #AEWDynamite 2 Year Anniversary Show LIVE! pic.twitter.com/qXonfrWb1r— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) October 7, 2021
The announce team also suggested Hikaru Shida and Serena Deeb will be in the field, but didn’t confirm they’d been invited.
UPDATE 2: Wrestling Observer says the tournament will begin when Dynamite moved to TBS on Jan. 5, 2022.
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