You have to start somewhere. AEW has not been around that long and that means they still have some things that they need to do. Some of these things involve setting up concepts for the first time, which includes various titles. Of course they already had the World, Tag Team and Women’s Titles, but what about something for the people underneath? That was set up over the weekend and it’s hitting the ground running.

On Saturday night at Double Or Nothing, Cody defeated Lance Archer to become the inaugural TNT Champion. That is quite the accomplishment and something that no one else can ever claim to do. Since Cody cannot challenge for the World Title, this is as good as he is going to be able to do for the time being. However, being champion means having to defend the title, which will be taking place sooner than expected.

This week on Dynamite, Jungle Boy won a battle royal to become the new #1 contender for the TNT Title, with his title shot coming on the June 3 edition of Dynamite. In addition, Cody announced that he will be issuing a weekly open challenge for the title, with anyone who wants a title shot being able to receive one every week on Dynamite. There is no word on who will be taking him up on the challenge.

It was a heck of a performance. Check out how Jungle Boy earned his shot:

Opinion: This is an interesting idea, though I’m not sure how much value it is going to have from week to week. Cody can wrestle a good match with most people but he’s far from an ace. I do like the idea of having people fight for the title so frequently though as it’s the best way to make a title feel valuable. Now just make sure the matches are at least solid and they might be on to something.

Who do you want to see in the open challenge? Who leaves next week as champion? Let us know in the comments below.

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