Cody Rhodes: The TNT Title Is Not Changing Its Name, AEW Rampage Will Unload ‘The Bench’
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Since the news of AEW Dynamite’s upcoming move to TBS electrified the wrestling world, many fans have wondered what this shift means for the TNT Championship. It’s fair to wonder whether the show would feature a title that has another channel’s name in it once the move officially occurs.
In an interview with Connor Casey of ComicBook, former champion Cody Rhodes made it clear that the TNT Championship will be keeping its name.
“I don’t think we’re going to change the title’s name one bit,” said Rhodes. “TNT is the place that the first alternative challenger brand in two decades appeared on. Their excitement, our partners at WarnerMedia, and the TNT title, as I’ve stated, I think it is, if not the most important title in wrestling, the second most important title in wrestling.
“I don’t see us changing that name, and I think that’s kind of across the board. I don’t think you’ll find anybody in management or Tony himself who wants to change that name. We’ll always roll with the punches and we’ll always pivot, but I’m 99% sure the TNT title stays the TNT title.”
In the same announcement that AEW Dynamite will move to TBS, the company announced the debut of a new show that will premiere this August. In ihe interview, Rhodes explained how AEW Rampage will be beneficial because it will shine some light on competitors who don’t always get to compete on the main show. He also emphasized that Rampage will have its own identity, separate from that of AEW Dynamite.
“I think having Rampage will help considerably,” said Rhodes. “That way we can share the wealth. However, Dynamite’s a very hard show to get on. The best wrestlers in the world are on Dynamite. We have a very full locker room, and on the way to the ring, you walk by a lot of people who are on the bench that week.
“I think you’ll see a lot of that bench get unloaded for Rampage, and that’s very, very exciting. And the two shows will have their own identities surrounding the AEW championships that kind of tether us all together. But other than the logo for Rampage, the details are all still forthcoming, other than I think it will be really great for our locker room.”
Fans will have to wait and see what AEW Rampage will be when it arrives this August.