Cody Rhodes made his first appearance as TNT Champion on this week's AEW Dynamite, and the newly-crowned champion didn't take long before making a bold proclamation. Starting next week, Rhodes will defend the TNT Championship every week on Dynamite in an open challenge. His first challenger will be determined via a battle royal, which will take place later on in the show. Rhodes successfully beat the then-undefeated Lance Archer for the title at Double or Nothing thanks to a brief assist from heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson.
You can check out Rhodes' full promo below:
"If you are someone who is critical of me bell-to-bell, well I ask that you judge me by what I'm about to do next. Because I'm about to turn a pace. I'm about to cut a schedule like no wrestler before. It is official, in this moment I will stand out here every week for the AEW TNT Championship, this is an open challenge."
In a post-show conference call after Double or Nothing, Rhodes gave some more insight into the championship itself.
"I know Tony has already told you this already so this isn't breaking news, but this isn't even the final belt," Rhodes said. "The actual silver-plated title, which has the shine finish and the extra details, due to the COVID and the pandemic, we didn't have it here. And we will have it, maybe as soon as this week's Dynamite. But man, I don't know if I want it. Because this is the one I got handed."
Check out the full results from Saturday's Double or Nothing below:
- (Kickoff) Best Friends def. Private Party (AEW World Tag Team Championship #1 Contender Match)
- Brian Cage def. Darby Allin, Colt Cabana, Orange Cassidy, Joey Janela, Scorpio Sky, Kip Sabian, Frankie Kazarian and Luchasaurus
- MJF def. Jungle Boy
- TNT Championship: Cody def. Lance Archer
- Kris Statlander def. Penelope Ford
- Dustin Rhodes def. Shawn Spears
- AEW Women's World Championship: Hikaru Shida def. Nyla Rose
- AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley def. Brodie Lee
- Stadium Stampede Match: The Elite (Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, Matt Hardy and Hangman Page) def. The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, Ortiz, Santana and Jake Hager)
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