AEW brought a lot of attention to themselves when Taz introduced the FTW Title to the company. Now Brian Cage is holding the title and defending it on AEW Dark.
While speaking with PW Insider, Tony Khan revealed how the idea came about to introduce the FTW Title to AEW. It “struck” him a few weeks ago when Taz told him that he still had the title in his possession.
He also stated that Taz presenting that title to Brian Cage was a very important part of everything. Taz’s son even brought the title down to Jacksonville and was tested for COVID-19 so he could join AEW’s bubble.
“Well, it was a few weeks ago. Taz told me he had it. And immediately, that’s when the idea struck me to do this. Then I asked him to bring it down and get it down here and Taz’s son, Tyler, who is a great kid, traveled down with it and came down and got tested, and joined us in the bubble. Tyler brought it and then we had it. Taz presenting it to Brian was a really important part of the presentation. I think Taz and Brian, it was good that it wasn’t the first thing they did together, because they really had become associated. Brian was always supposed to debut in that casino ladder match, as soon as we got his diagnosis that he was going to be out until May.”
“This thing had been planned for a long time for Brian to make the big intro, and make the big splash, and challenge Moxley. Brian and Taz, they’ve established a rapport on television. When Taz told me he still had the belt, it was a perfect thing to add to the story I thought. And so, a couple weeks ago, when it came up, I really jumped on it. Once I found out he had it, and we were able to use it, I wanted to make it a part of the story. I wouldn’t have done it without his blessing. I mean, he’s the one who told me he had it.”
“So once he said he still had possession of it, and I checked, and we’re cleared to use it, then, at that point, I was like, ‘This is, to me, almost like a no brainer. It adds so much to the story, to the presentation of Brian. It’s so much credibility, the FTW title.’ I grew up watching ECW, as you know, and that belt meant a lot. Even though it’s not a recognized championship, when it was defended, or when you saw it, it felt like it was part of the presentation of Taz as one of the top wrestlers in the sport and I think it can be the same thing for Brian Cage. So I was really excited about it, as soon as Taz told me he still had that belt, and then when I realized that we could use it. It was a few weeks ago.”
We’ll have to wait and see what AEW has in store for the FTW Title. It could gain a lot of momentum if used properly. Taz also had plenty to say about disrespectful fans who immediately want to take shots at it.