AEW: Battle Of The Belts was shaping up to be the perfect late Christmas present. Set for January 8th, 2022, in Charlotte, AEW: Battle Of The Belts seemed to promise a show packed to the rafters with title matches. With four different belts within the company – The Heavyweight Championship, The Women’s Championship, The TNT Championship, and the AEW Tag Team Titles – it looked for all intents and purposes that AEW: Battle Of The Belts would pick up the baton laid down by NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 16 and run with it.
But maybe now, not so much.
Talking to Culture State, Tony Khan explained;
It’s a one hour show. It’s a one hour event, so I can’t put every belt on the line. It’s a great chance on a Saturday night to expand the reach of AEW by giving the fans great championship matches on a Saturday night, which is a night people love watching wrestling, especially for a big event. There is going to be big championship matches. I’m very excited about it.”
This doesn’t fill me with much hope for AEW: Battle Of The Belts anymore. An hour-long show might be fine for AEW Rampage, but for something that was hyped as a top-level championship night, then it’s suddenly lost some of its luster. Don’t get me wrong, the Britt Baker vs. Riho match is going to be a stormer, but what other titles can they defend? I’m guessing just one. They can’t – and according to Khan won’t – have every title defended on AEW: Battle Of The Belts, and to make sure that those that are are of a high enough quality they’ll have to make sure they get the requisite time in the ring.
So two makes perfect sense. That way they can both get a good 20 to 30 minute run time, allowing those involved to show what they can really do, but considering we were sold this idea as AEW: Battle Of The Belts and that every belt was going to be defended, this feels like a bit of a rip-off.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I see some WWE tropes slowly creeping into AEW, and I don’t like it. At all.