It’s a different kind of prize. As simple as this should seem, wrestling is built around championships. Wrestlers are supposed to be fighting to become the best in the company and you prove that with gold around your waist. There should not be that many titles in any given promotion as the champions should be few and far between. At the same time though, there are other things to win, which was on full display this week.
Last week on AEW Dynamite, Maxwell Jacob Friedman and Hangman Page were the final two entrants in a battle royal. That meant that the two of them would be facing off in a singles match the following week for a diamond ring, simply called the Dynamite Diamond. This would mark the closest thing to a midcard championship that AEW has so far. So what happened the following week?
It took some time to get here. Check out the battle royal:
This week on Dynamite, Friedman defeated Page to win the Dynamite Diamond. The win came after an assist from Friedman’s bodyguard Wardlow, which allowed Friedman to hit Cross Rhodes for the pin and the ring. Diamond Dallas Page came out to present Friedman with the ring, followed by a confrontation with Wardlow. Commentary also mentioned that the ring would be an annual prize, though it is not clear if it will be defended in the meantime.
Opinion: Page and Friedman were both great options to win the ring and giving it to Friedman is the best choice they had. He is the best heel in the company at the moment and arguably the best in the entire business. Having Friedman as the potential midcard champion is a perfect choice and having it be an expensive ring that he can brag about makes it even better.
Do you like the choice for the winner? Should the ring be defended? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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