Darby Allin used some truth in a promo to build up his current feud for the AEW TNT Title with Luchasaurus and Christian Cage.
Despite the fact that Luchasaurus is the current champion, Cage holds it and acts to be the true champion.
At the All Out PPV, Allin will face Luchasaurus for the title.
Cody Rhodes, the inaugural champion, is tied for the most reigns with Sammy Guevara and Wardlow, with three, while Allin’s first reign is the longest in the title’s history, lasting 186 days. At 214 days, the fan-favorite star also has the longest combined reign.
Allin said the following in character during this week’s AEW Control Center video:
“I’m going, to be honest when I say this. To me, the TNT championship used to mean something, and within the last year, I felt like it lost all its value. I remember the people that used to hold it, guys like Cody [Rhodes] and guys like Brodie Lee, myself. Back then, it meant something. Now it’s like a hot potato. Honestly, I feel like it’s lost its value, so when I say at All Out, I want to put some respect back on that championship’s name. I mean every word of that. Because you got a guy like Christian Cage, for example, walking around and saying he’s the champion. Like, come on, we’re not stupid. You’re just this. You’re wasting people’s time. That championship means more than that. And then you got a dinosaur as the champion that never defends it. What are we doing here? So I put out the challenge to Christian Cage—enough talking. If you think you’re a champion, start acting like a champion. I’m going to kick your ass and All Out. I’m going to take that championship. I don’t care if you think it’s yours. I don’t care if you think it’s Luchasaurus. It doesn’t matter because that at All Out, it’s going to be mine. And I’m going to put respect back on that championship’s name.
Many fans felt this way about the use of the TNT Title, which was considered the promotion’s secondary men’s championship when it was first introduced.
You can check out Allin’s comments below:
Darby Allin is saying in the Promo on the Control Center what the IWC has been saying for a year now.
The TNT Championship lost prestige and its value. I really like the approach of this story.
— P.e.p.s #MaikaStyle🍧 (@Peps_Wrestling) August 16, 2023