AEW has been going through several changes in the past few months. This includes Dynamite titles changing hands. That is what happened on Dynamite this week, as Powerhouse Hobbs defeated Wardlow for the TNT Title. It seems AEW had planned these title changes months ahead of time.
On AEW Dynamite, Powerhouse Hobbs faced Wardlow in the main event for the TNT Championship. During the show, Wardlow had requested that the match be Falls Count Anywhere.
The two wrestlers fought both backstage and on the ramp before QT Marshall appeared to distract Wardlow. Marshall hit him with a steel chair and delivered a low blow, then took him out with two chair shots to the face.
Marshall instructed Hobbs to finish off the champion, and together they performed a double powerbomb on the wooden platform. The referee counted to ten and declared Powerhouse Hobbs as the new TNT Champion.
In the past few months, the TNT Title changed hands a few times, as Darby Allin, Samoa Joe, and Wardlow were all champions. According to Sean Ross Sapp behind Fightful’s paywall, AEW had planned these title changes months ahead of time.
We can confirm that several of the TNT Title changes of late — Darby Allin, Wardlow and Will Hobbs — were at least tentatively planned months ahead. Darby Allin had actually filmed VTRs with the title before he won it.
We will have to wait and see how AEW will be booking Powerhouse Hobbs as the TNT Champion in the coming months. Odds are, he might have a long reign as the champion.
What do you think about AEW’s advanced planning for TNT Title changes? Do you think this strategy has helped the promotion keep fans engaged and invested in the championship matches? Share your thoughts in the comments below.