AEW Battle of the Belts
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AEW Battle of the Belts logo
GenreProfessional wrestling
Created byTony Khan
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes4
Production
ProducerTony Khan
Running time60 minutes
Production companyAll Elite Wrestling
Release
Original networkTNT
Original releaseJanuary 8 (2022-01-08) –
October 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)
Chronology
Related showsAEW Dynamite
AEW Rampage
AEW Dark
AEW Dark: Elevation

AEW Battle of the Belts is an American series of professional wrestling television specials produced by All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Only four episodes were planned to air quarterly throughout 2022 and were broadcast on TNT in the United States. The first three specials aired on Saturday nights while the fourth aired on a Friday. The series premiered with a live episode on January 8. The next two episodes were taped on April 15 and August 5 and aired on tape delay on April 16 and August 6, respectively, while the fourth episode aired live on October 7.

As its name implies, all matches on the one-hour specials were contested for professional wrestling championships. Four of AEW's championships were defended across the four specials, as well as two championships from AEW's sister promotion Ring of Honor (ROH), and one unsanctioned championship. These included the AEW Women's World Championship, the AEW TNT Championship, the AEW TBS Championship, the AEW All-Atlantic Championship, the unsanctioned FTW Championship, the ROH World Championship, and the ROH World Tag Team Championship.

History

In May 2021, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) renegotiated its broadcasting deal with WarnerMedia which saw AEW's flagship television program, Wednesday Night Dynamite, move from TNT to TBS in January 2022, while its other core program, Friday Night Rampage, remained on TNT.[1][2] Also as part of the deal, AEW agreed to produce four quarterly television specials on TNT that would take place on Saturdays.[1][3] Former AEW executive and wrestler Cody Rhodes said that these specials would be similar to Jim Crockett Promotions/World Championship Wrestling's Clash of the Champions and WWE's Saturday Night's Main Event shows, calling them super events.[4] Wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer reported that the quarterly specials would be one-hour shows, but said they were originally planned to be longer, and also that they would feature pay-per-view caliber cards.[5]

On November 24, 2021, the television special series was announced to be titled Battle of the Belts with the inaugural event scheduled to be held live on January 8, 2022, at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. The tagline was confirmed as "Saturday Fight Night".[6][7] The name "Battle of the Belts" comes from a National Wrestling Alliance event held from 1985 to 1987 by the promotion's Florida territory that was operated by Eddie Graham.[6]

AEW President Tony Khan confirmed that due to the show's one-hour length, not all of AEW's championships would be defended on the specials, but their goal was to put on great championship matches.[8] On the day of the inaugural event, Khan revealed that matches for the January 11 episode of their YouTube show, Dark, were scheduled to be taped before the Battle of the Belts I live broadcast, with all other AEW champions participating in these Dark matches.[9]

On February 15, 2022, AEW announced that Battle of the Belts II would be taped on April 15 at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas.[10] It aired on tape delay the next day on April 16.[11] A month after Tony Khan's purchase of Ring of Honor (ROH), the ROH World Championship was scheduled to be defended at Battle of the Belts II.[12] On June 1, 2022, Battle of the Belts III was announced to be taped on August 5 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan,[13] and it aired the following day on August 6.[14]

On August 4, 2022, Battle of the Belts IV was announced to be held on Friday, October 7 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C. As Battle of the Belts was established as a Saturday night television special, it was expected that Battle of the Belts IV would air on tape delay the next day on October 8.[15] However, due to WWE's Extreme Rules pay-per-view airing that night, Battle of the Belts IV was instead scheduled to air live on October 7 at 11 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) right after the live broadcast of Rampage to avoid counter programming against WWE. Due to its Friday scheduling, its tagline was changed to "Friday Fight Night". This was also the first Battle of the Belts episode to not include matches for either the AEW Women's World Championship or AEW TNT Championship, but it did include an ROH World Tag Team Championship match.[16]

Events

Event Date City Venue Main Event Ref
Battle of the Belts I January 8, 2022 Charlotte, North Carolina Bojangles Coliseum Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. (c) vs. Riho for the AEW Women's World Championship [17]
Battle of the Belts II April 15, 2022
(aired April 16, 2022)
Garland, Texas Curtis Culwell Center Thunder Rosa (c) vs. Nyla Rose for the AEW Women's World Championship [10][11]
Battle of the Belts III August 5, 2022
(aired August 6, 2022)
Grand Rapids, Michigan Van Andel Arena Claudio Castagnoli (c) vs. Konosuke Takeshita for the ROH World Championship [13]
Battle of the Belts IV October 7, 2022 Washington, D.C. Entertainment and Sports Arena FTR (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood) (c) vs. Gates of Agony (Toa Liona and Kaun) for the ROH World Tag Team Championship [18]

Results

Battle of the Belts I

Battle of the Belts I
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PromotionAll Elite Wrestling
DateJanuary 8, 2022
CityCharlotte, North Carolina
VenueBojangles Coliseum
Tagline(s)Saturday Fight Night
Battle of the Belts chronology
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First
Next →
II

Battle of the Belts I took place on January 8, 2022, at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event aired live at 8 p.m. ET. In the main event, Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. defeated Riho to retain the AEW Women's World Championship. On the undercard, Ricky Starks defeated Matt Sydal to retain the FTW Championship and in the opening bout, Sammy Guevara defeated Dustin Rhodes to become the interim AEW TNT Champion; Guevara was originally scheduled to face lineal champion Cody Rhodes for the title, however, Cody was pulled due to COVID-19-related issues.[17]

No. Results Stipulations Times[17]
1 Sammy Guevara defeated Dustin Rhodes (with Arn Anderson) by pinfall Singles match for the interim AEW TNT Championship[19] 16:15
2 Ricky Starks (c) (with Powerhouse Hobbs) defeated Matt Sydal by pinfall Singles match for the FTW Championship[20] 9:00
3 Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. (c) (with Rebel and Jamie Hayter) defeated Riho by submission Singles match for the AEW Women's World Championship[21] 12:47
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Battle of the Belts II

Battle of the Belts II
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PromotionAll Elite Wrestling
DateApril 15, 2022
(aired April 16, 2022)
CityGarland, Texas
VenueCurtis Culwell Center
Tagline(s)Saturday Fight Night
Battle of the Belts chronology
← Previous
I
Next →
III

Battle of the Belts II was taped on April 15, 2022, at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas.[10] It aired on tape delay the next day on April 16 at 8 p.m. ET.[11] In the main event, Thunder Rosa retained the AEW Women's World Championship against Nyla Rose. On the undercard, Jonathan Gresham defeated Dalton Castle to retain the ROH World Championship and in the opening bout, Sammy Guevara defeated Scorpio Sky to win the AEW TNT Championship for a record-tying third time.[22]

No. Results Stipulations Times[22]
1 Sammy Guevara (with Tay Conti) defeated Scorpio Sky (c) (with Dan Lambert and Ethan Page) by pinfall Singles match for the AEW TNT Championship[23] 12:45
2 Jonathan Gresham (c) defeated Dalton Castle by submission Singles match for the ROH World Championship[23] 10:35
3 Thunder Rosa (c) defeated Nyla Rose by pinfall Singles match for the AEW Women's World Championship[23] 14:10
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Battle of the Belts III

Battle of the Belts III
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PromotionAll Elite Wrestling
DateAugust 5, 2022
(aired August 6, 2022)
CityGrand Rapids, Michigan
VenueVan Andel Arena
Tagline(s)Saturday Fight Night
Battle of the Belts chronology
← Previous
II
Next →
IV

Battle of the Belts III was taped on August 5, 2022, at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.[13] It aired on tape delay the next day on August 6 at 8 p.m. ET.[24] In the main event, Claudio Castagnoli retained the ROH World Championship against Konosuke Takeshita. On the undercard, Thunder Rosa defeated Jamie Hayter to retain the AEW Women's World Championship and in the opening bout, Wardlow defeated Jay Lethal to retain the AEW TNT Championship.[25]

No. Results Stipulations Times[25]
1 Wardlow (c) defeated Jay Lethal (with Sonjay Dutt and Satnam Singh) by pinfall Singles match for the AEW TNT Championship[26] 7:21
2 Thunder Rosa (c) (with Toni Storm) defeated Jamie Hayter (with Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. and Rebel) by pinfall Singles match for the AEW Women's World Championship[26] 11:31
3 Claudio Castagnoli (c) (with William Regal) defeated Konosuke Takeshita by pinfall Singles match for the ROH World Championship[26] 19:59
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Battle of the Belts IV

Battle of the Belts IV
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PromotionAll Elite Wrestling
DateOctober 7, 2022
CityWashington, D.C.
VenueEntertainment and Sports Arena
Tagline(s)Friday Fight Night
Battle of the Belts chronology
← Previous
III
Next →
Final

Battle of the Belts IV took place on October 7, 2022, at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C. As Battle of the Belts was established as a Saturday night television special, it was expected that Battle of the Belts IV would air on tape delay the next day on October 8; however, to avoid counter programming against WWE's Extreme Rules pay-per-view that night, Battle of the Belts IV was scheduled to air live on Friday, October 7 at 11 p.m. ET immediately after the live broadcast of AEW's regular Friday program, Rampage.[15][27][28] In the main event, FTR (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood) defeated Gates of Agony (Toa Liona and Kaun) to retain the ROH World Tag Team Championship. On the undercard, Jade Cargill defeated Willow Nightingale to retain the AEW TBS Championship, and in the opening bout, Pac defeated Trent Beretta to retain the AEW All-Atlantic Championship.[18]

No. Results Stipulations Times[18]
1 Pac (c) defeated Trent Beretta by pinfall Singles match for the AEW All-Atlantic Championship[28] 14:25
2 Jade Cargill (c) defeated Willow Nightingale by pinfall Singles match for the AEW TBS Championship[28] 7:30
3 FTR (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood) (c) defeated Gates of Agony (Toa Liona and Kaun) by pinfall Tag team match for the ROH World Tag Team Championship[28] 13:26
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

See also

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