Swerve Strickland’s ascent in AEW has been remarkable, showing off his exceptional in-ring skills and undeniable charisma. As the current AEW World Champion, he stands at the pinnacle of the company but not everyone is happy with how he has been booked.

Last month at AEW Dynasty, Swerve Strickland achieved a significant milestone by becoming the world champion, dethroning Samoa Joe in the process. Building up to this moment, he had been gaining tremendous momentum for several months, arguably becoming one of the most beloved stars in the promotion. Despite now holding the championship, he continues to be a fan favorite and is set to make his first pay-per-view appearance as a title holder this weekend at Double or Nothing.

During a recent episode of Keepin’ It 100, a fan expressed their disappointment with how Swerve’s championship reign has been booked, noting a lack of focus on his character. Disco Inferno echoed this sentiment, pointing out that Swerve didn’t even receive a formal segment to celebrate his title win on the following show after his victory.

“I think they dropped the ball with Swerve the first night when he won the championship and his appearance on the very next show was just a random match against Kyle Fletcher. No promo, no nothing. It just shows, like bro, Tony has no clue how to build stars. Okay, he gives a guy the big win but like you need to move up the card, and like every company has issues with this, with building stars.”


Disco Inferno elaborated, highlighting the failure of major wrestling companies to prioritize certain stars who have the potential to become significant figures in the industry over others.

“You have to sacrifice guys that you probably wouldn’t want to sacrifice because you want to take a chance on the next guy. And like these companies are not willing to do that, so Swerve, bro, this has been a very weak championship title reign so far, it’s not his fault, he’s just doing what he’s told to do but like this is lame.”

Swerve Strickland also has to deal with Christian Cage, as the two will battle at AEW Double or Nothing, so we’ll have to wait and see how Swerve Strickland will fare against The Patriarch.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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