Another Dynamite, another major announcement from Tony Khan. This time it came in the form of the reveal of a brand new title, the AEW All-Atlantic Championship. And while it may not be the belt announcement many fans were hoping for (still waiting on those trios belts, Tony…), the All-Atlantic Championship adds another singles title to the company’s growing collection of hardware.
The All-Atlantic Championship will be decided with a mini tournament, because who doesn’t love a good tournament? One of AEW’s go-to stipulations for crowning new champions, this two-round tournament will feature eight wrestlers, representing different regions of the world. Opening round matchups will see Buddy Matthews (Australia) taking on PAC (United Kingdom), Ethan Page (Canada) facing Miro (Bulgaria), Penta Oscuro (Mexico) against Malakai Black (The Netherlands), and a yet-to-be-announced match that will feature two competitors from New Japan Pro Wrestling. These matches will take place over the coming weeks with the winners of each facing off in a four-way showdown at the cross-branded Forbidden Door PPV on June 26th to crown the inaugural AEW All-Atlantic Champion.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) June 9, 2022
With a new title comes new opportunity for some of AEW’s more underused talents. It represents a true midcard title, akin to the early days of WWE‘s Intercontinental Championship. Hopefully, unlike the TNT Title, it won’t become a plot device, yoyoed around between wrestlers as there is real potential to a title that features some of AEW’s geographic diversity. Only time will tell, but at least for now, this title is giving fans four solid singles matches to look forward to on the road to Forbidden Door.
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