All Elite Wrestling presented their first PPV after their TV deal went live last month, and it was very well received by the wrestling audiences. One of the major matches featured Cody Rhodes challenging AEW World Champion Chris Jericho for the title, with a stipulation that, if he lost, he would never be able to challenge for the title again.
With such a major stipulation involved, fans expected Cody to somehow dethrone “Le Champion” Jericho and put a cherry on top of his excellent babyface run in recent times. However, after a grueling encounter, Cody lost the match and subsequently, he won’t be able to challenge for the title, ever!
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, AEW took this bold decision in order to present itself as a serious company. AEW decided to introduce the wins and losses criteria in order to decide the rankings of its wrestlers, similar to MMA promotions and wants to ensure that match results have significant consequences.
“Those in the company are insistent that is exactly what will happen, and that this is step one in trying to teach people stipulations matter.”
AEW’s rivals in the wrestling industry, WWE, are notorious for often dropping the ball on certain stipulations and storylines, and giving title shots on random occasions. This has led to several continuity errors, which AEW plans on avoiding.
Shane McMahon contested against The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 32, and a win for the junior McMahon would have guaranteed him control of Monday Night RAW. However, despite a loss in the matchup, McMahon was granted control of the show anyway!
This is one of the many occasions on which WWE went back on its own words due to lack of proper planning, and hopefully, AEW will avoid making the same mistakes in its programming.
It will be interesting to see how long the company will stick to their words and not put the most over babyface in the championship scene.