Six-man tag titles are still finding their place in pro wrestling. Promotions such as Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling implement trios titles to differentiate themselves from WWE. Lucha Underground opted for trios titles as a replacement for regular two-man tag straps. As AEW promotes more and more trios action, it’s clear the company wants to introduce six-man tag titles. With a wealth of three-man teams at their disposal. AEW already has a division ready to activate a trios tag team championship.
Six-Man Tag Titles – 3 is a Magic Number
It’s no secret that AEW has an assortment of stables. The Elite, Death Triangle, The Inner Circle, Jurassic Express, Team Taz, etc.; AEW loves putting wrestlers together in groups. Due to AEW’s commitment to tag team wrestling, it makes perfect sense AEW would focus on six man tag wrestling as well. Multi-man matches are more than just a gimmick. When done right, six-man tag team wrestling can be electric. Trios titles are necessary to give AEW factions more to sink their teeth into. Without trios titles, AEW factions remain redundant and pointless.
The Elite are no strangers to trios wrestling. The Young Bucks were a part of so many famous trio pairings alongside Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes, Hangman Adam Page, AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, and others. The six-man titles in ROH and NJPW were defined by The Elite EVPs and Bullet Club. Since AEW began, the trios titles in both ROH and NJPW barely receive the attention they previously had. With Vince McMahon still intolerant on tag teams as well as anything involving continuity, having both duo tag straps, as well as trios titles, will help further the mission of tag team excellence.
AEW understands that the only thing more exciting than one wrestler facing another is a group of wrestlers fighting another stable. Faction warfare is an easy way to elevate multiple wrestlers’ stock at once. Team Taz is proof positive as the alliance has done wonders for Brian Cage, Ricky Starks, and Powerhouse Hobbs. Jurassic Express has been AEW’s next big trio for over a year now. Death Triangle were excellent for a month until the pandemic hit. Putting all these factions against one another is tantalizing, not to mention enticing, for wrestling fans. This is why six-man titles are necessary. It’s bragging rights for who is the best team on Dynamite. It will show there is a true purpose to forming a coalition in AEW than just the “numbers game.”
Some people will say AEW has too many titles. This is a valid concern. AEW should avoid overloading itself with title belts, especially since some AEW titles desperately need more attention. (cough Women’s Title cough) AEW steers clear of this issue by showcasing other promotions’ titles. The NWA Women’s Championship, the IMPACT Tag Team Championship, and the AAA Mega Championship have all made appearances on Dynamite. Here’s the thing: AEW can avoid implementing their own trios titles by making an agreement with another wrestling organization. If AEW desires, then partnering with possibly NJPW or AAA or even ROH to use their Six-Man Tag Team Titles would benefit both parties. AEW would have access to a shiny new toy and the partner promotion would gain huge exposure on TNT.
Additionally, there should be discussions on allowing women to compete for these titles as well. I’ve argued before that intergender wrestling deserves to be on AEW in some form or fashion. Lucha Underground slowly booked intergender bouts through their trios straps. The team of Ivelisse, Son of Havoc, and Angelico put on a clinic as the inaugural champions. While I personally want women’s tag titles, AEW could have its cake and eat it too with trios mixed tag titles. Their tag teams would have more to strive for and the women get more attention and focus. Admit it, Tay Conti and Jurassic Express vs Evil Uno & Stu Grayson with Anna Jay would be excellent. I would pay whatever money I have left for Thunder Rosa & The Lucha Bros vs Team Taz with Leyla Hirsch.
Trios titles are an inevitability for AEW Dynamite. There is so much potential left untapped with trios titles. The possibilities are endless for AEW to take advantage of. Six-Man Belts, Mixed triple Tag Titles, World Trios Championship, whatever AEW wants to call it. Six-man tag is the next logical step and opens up new booking opportunities. It will give wrestlers more to do (both male and female if AEW can get its head out of its ass). AEW needs six-man tag titles; it’s as simple as one, two, three.