Miro made his debut in AEW last year and there were a lot of expectations from him as he had proven to be a great performer. Miro finally lived up to his potential after defeating Darby Allin for the TNT Championship. Since then he has been booked as a very strong champion.
Miro became a sought after champion in AEW and his pure dominance over his opponents has certainly put the pro wrestling world on notice. His reign as champion has certainly elevated the title to the next level.
While speaking during an AEW All Out media call, Tony Khan talked about the TNT Championship, stating that he isn’t booking the title to be a mid-card championship. He the explained why the title is so much more instead of that.
“It’s not a mid-card championship,” Khan asserted. “The only people that have held the belt are Cody [Rhodes], Brodie Lee, R.I.P, Darby Allin and Miro. I don’t consider it and I’m not booking it like a mid-card championship. I’m looking at it like a top title that stars hold. I will take exception right off the bat. That is the key to the championship is that none of the champions have been a stretch. In thermodynamics, heat is passed from a warmer body to a cooler body.
If you have a hot belt, and you take a cold wrestler and you say, I can heat this guy up by putting the belt on him, the problem with that is that you cool off the belt. The key to this belt, in my opinion, has been that, from the beginning, it’s been hot matches. It’s been pushed on television, and the champion has always been a protected star. And it would not have been right for Darby to honestly win the first tournament, and Darby was a huge part of the tournament. He went to the semifinals and lost to Cody, before the Cody – Lance Archer match at the PPV because it was part of the build for Darby finally winning the title.
Cody and Darby had a classic match Full Gear, which is a great PPV, and even though we were only at 25% capacity, I thought it was one of the best wrestling shows anyone did all year period. And, really, for me, I just think it wouldn’t have made sense where he was at that point. He had to get red hot for it to be the right time for him and same for Brody and Miro. Those two are stars and neither of them came in and won the TNT Title their first week. They really built up, and built steam and solidified their place in the fans eyes.”
There is certainly no denying that the TNT Championship’s booking remains one of the highlights of AEW television and it remains to be seen how long Miro will be the champion.
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h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.