AEW: Who Will Become Inaugural AEW World Champion?
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Chicago, IL--- All Elite Wrestling will crown their inaugural AEW World Champion on Saturday night, when they return to where it all began; the Sears Center in Chicago, Illinois for their pay-per-view event All Out.
The event is filled with many intriguing matches both on the pre-show and the main card including the Buy-In women’s battle royal to determine who will challenge for the inaugural AEW Women’s Championship, Kenny Omega vs PAC, who will be replacing Jon Moxley after he had to be removed from the card due to an injury, tag team ladder match for the AAA Tag Team Championships between The Young Bucks and the Lucha Bros, and the highly anticipated match between Cody and Shawn Spears with Tully Blanchard in his corner.
Although the event is filled with exciting matches, all eyes will be on the main event between Chris Jericho and Hangman Page as it’ll be a significant moment when the company crown their first-ever AEW World Champion. With the company’s TV debut on TNT fast approaching, it’ll be interesting to see who they decide to have as their champion and face of the brand on the first episode of Wednesday Night Dynamite.
AEW can go in both directions as it pertains to their inaugural champion. If Hangman Page walks out of the Sears Center with the gold, it could signify that the company is going with the younger homegrown talent to lead their company and be the wrestler who is synonymous with their brand.
It would be an incredible moment for Hangman Page if he were to defeat Jericho to become the first AEW World Champion. For years, Hangman has made a name for himself wrestling around the world and has showed signs of being a star that can be a main event caliber talent for years to come. Many in the pro wrestling industry have praised Hangman as being a star who has the it factor that every company wants in a talent and could be a main focal point for AEW on TNT.
AEW also have Chris Jericho, one of the most recognizable stars in pro wrestling on their roster, as a possible inaugural AEW World Champion. From a marketing standpoint, having Jericho walk out of All Out with the gold could help the company further establish themselves as a legitimate viable commodity because he is arguably their biggest name and would help draw in a lot more casual fans that may be watching AEW advertisements on during NBA programming on TNT.
Jericho is no stranger to making history; he had his big wrestling moment in 2001, when he defeated both The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin in the same night to become the first-ever WWE Undisputed Champion. If history repeats itself, Jericho could once again add another significant achievement to his incredible career and become the face of AEW on TNT.
Regardless of the outcome, AEW will have a world champion they can build around as they continue to establish their brand and create their own brand identity.
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