Achieving the Triple Crown Championship, or indeed the Grand Slam Championship, in the world of professional wrestling is a feat that determines the true legends of the squared circle. Due to the nature of the accomplishment asking for its recipients to capture a minimum of three championships in a single promotion, it’s usually only captured by icons of the promotion-in-question.
For example, in Extreme Championship Wrestling, the Triple Crown Championship – which encompassed the promotion’s World Heavyweight, World Television, and World Tag Team Championships – only had three winners; Mikey Whipwreck, Sabu, and Tazz. For varying reasons, all three are recognised as legendary figures within Paul Heyman’s land of extreme, meaning they’re all worthy of remaining in the ECW history books for this highly prestigious reason. Rob Van Dam, for what it’s worth, isn’t officially recognised as an ECW Triple Crown winner, due to him only capturing WWE’s version of the ECW Championship.
This fact follows the Triple Crown Championship, regardless of which particular promotion you look into. Current WWE Superstars who’ve achieved this include Big E, AJ Styles, Drew McIntyre, Roman Reigns, and The Miz. Although you may not think it, these five will go down as some of the best to ever do it in Vince McMahon’s sports entertainment giant. They join a list that already includes a plethora of WWE Hall of Famers, from ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and Bret Hart to Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle.
AEW Triple Crown Champions
Owing to the company’s short lifespan thus far, there have been no Triple Crown – nor Grand Slam – Champions crowned in All Elite Wrestling. In order to achieve the feat within the Tony Khan-helmed promotion, however, a reign with the World, TNT, and World Tag Team Championships will do the trick for the men (note, the FTW Championship isn’t included in the requirements). For the company’s female talent, holding both the Women’s World and TBS Championships will get you a step away; presumably, they’d need to win a form of Tag Team Championship, too.
There are, however, three men currently one title win away from being able to call themselves an AEW Triple Crown Champion. Who are they, and what championship do they still need to capture?
AEW Championships– 1x World Champion, 1x World Tag Team Champion (w/Adam Page)
As an AEW Executive Vice President, it’s no surprise that Kenny Omega is already just one step away from achieving the company’s Triple Crown.
‘The Best Bout Machine’ began his journey towards the accolade by becoming half of the promotion’s Tag Team Champions in January 2020 alongside his then-Elite stablemate, ‘Hangman’ Adam Page. The duo enjoyed a largely successful reign before turning foes, famously contesting a match with The Young Bucks at that February’s Revolution pay-per-view that’s regarded as one of the greatest tag team matches in history. FTR would dethrone them of the titles at September 2020’s All Out, which simultaneously began both Omega and Page’s road to the World Championship.
After defeating his former World Tag Team Championships-winning partner, Kenny Omega secured a match against Jon Moxley at the inaugural Winter Is Coming in December 2020, whom he defeated to become just the third World Champion in AEW history. Omega endured several tough challenges, including an infamous Exploding Barbed Wire Death Match vs. Mox at Revolution in March 2021. He served as champion until this past November, though he also held IMPACT Wrestling World Championship for a spell during his reign, too.
The TNT Championship should be the prize on Kenny Omega’s mind now, when he returns from injury that is. There’s no denying that he’d bring a level of prestige to the title in the manner as Cody Rhodes did in his initial run as champion, particularly if he revived the open challenge aspect of it.
AEW Championships– 1x World Champion, 1x World Tag Team Champion (w/Kenny Omega)
Though he was left in the dust by Kenny Omega upon losing the AEW World Tag Team Championships, ‘Hangman’ Adam Page became the second AEW star to move one step closer to becoming a Triple Crown Champion in the Tony Khan-helmed promotion, a journey in which Omega himself was involved in both states thus far.
Together with the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Adam Page captured the company’s World Tag Team Championships from SCU’s Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky in January 2020, going on a long run that saw them contend Private Party, Best Friends, The Lucha Bros, and just about every other team on offer in All Elite Wrestling. In losing the titles to Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood, Adam Page’s association to The Elite was effectively over, following The Young Bucks ousting him from the group prior to the pay-per-view.
This, however, propelled Adam Page towards the AEW World Championship, a journey that started prior to Full Gear 2020 in the epic World Championship Eliminator tournament, and concluded when he finally dethroned Kenny Omega at the following year’s Full Gear event after one of the greatest story arcs in AEW’s short history. In defeating the generational grappler, Page became the fourth World Champion in AEW history, with a recent successful defence coming against Adam Cole at Revolution this past March.
Like Kenny Omega, the TNT Championship is all that has alluded Adam Page in his AEW career. There’s always the chance he becomes the first to hold both the World and TNT Championships at the same time, should he wish to challenge Scorpio Sky further down the line, but for now, focusing on the World Championship should be Page’s prerogative.
AEW Championships– 1x TNT Champion, 1x World Tag Team Champion (w/Frankie Kazarian)
Scorpio Sky was the latest AEW star to move a step closer to becoming the company’s inaugural Triple Crown Champion, fresh off his recent TNT Championship victory on the post-Revolution 2022 episode of Dynamite.
Going back, though, ‘The Face of the Revolution’ began his journey towards the Triple Crown before both Omega and Page did, as he and Frankie Kazarian advanced past Best Friends, and The Dark Order’s Evil Uno and Stu Grayson, before finally defeating The Lucha Bros to become the inaugural World Tag Team Champions. SCU’s reign is often forgotten about in AEW lore, lasting just 83-days in length and achieving no memorable or key clashes, but alas, a reign remains for SCU in this division.
The 9 March Dynamite broadcast featured perhaps the most shocking title switch in AEW history, as Scorpio Sky, flanked by Men Of The Year teammate Ethan Page, Dan Lambert, and the rest of American Top Team, usurped Sammy Guevara to become the new TNT Champion, almost a year to the day where he unsuccessfully challenged Darby Allin for the championship in a bout that ignited the fire inside of Sky. A veteran of the game, the 38-year-old Scorpio Sky has worked his way up through the ranks of All Elite Wrestling, having previously won the first Face of the Revolution ladder match in March 2021 that earned him the Allin match.
For Scorpio Sky, the World Championship is what he needs to complete his Triple Crown. Given his perennial lower-to-mid-card status in the promotion, it’s improbable that he’ll ever actually accomplish this, though stranger things have happened in the company. It’s almost an untold truth how talented the former Mason Andrews of IMPACT Wrestling is in the ring, but ideally, his run as TNT Champion will showcase this on an entirely new level.
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