AEW certainly keeps giving fans things to be excited about as the calendar months fly on by, and speaking of calendar months…it would seem that the new year will be something to look forward to for sure, especially in January, and just a mere eight days into 2022.

As Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reports, the previously reported ‘Battle of the Belts’ will be taking place on January 8th, specifically on TNT of course, and the ‘quarterly special’ will only be a single hour long. Essentially there will be four installments of this special throughout the year, reportedly.

As was also specified by Dave Meltzer, the four events will be very reminiscent of Clash of the Champions from days gone by. The intention here, is for the events – all for of them – to be like pay-per-view events, much like they often do, airing shows like Fight For The Fallen, etc., all having been aired on TNT.

According to Meltzer, these supercards were planned to have been longer when the ‘Battle of the Belts’ was at the mere stage of inception. It must be understood that things may change as we draw closer to the eighth of January, however.

The aforementioned Clash of the Champions dates back to 1988, when the first event was held by the NWA. It subsequently would become a series of events put on by WCW as well (even when they broke off from the NWA), and historically has been held in high regard by fans of the early WCW and of course NWA. They continued to air until 1997 under WCW (Jim Crockett Promotions).

There are a recorded 35 complete episodes of these events…all of which are on the WWE Network library. They’re certainly a treat for fans that love wrestling history, and it’ll be interesting to see just what AEW does with the idea.

Domenic Marinelli

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