The March 8th episode of AEW Dynamite saw Powerhouse Hobbs defeat Wardlow in the main event to become the new TNT Champion.
Earlier in the night, it was reported that Wardlow’s TNT Championship belt had been stolen along with his gear when he was the victim of someone breaking into his car. In a video posted on his social media, Wardlow had this to say:
“Well thanks to the person who broke into my rental car and took absolutely everything from me,” Wardlow says in the video. “My TNT title, my ring gear, my boots, my whole life were in those bags. I don’t know if that means I’ll have to beat the s*** out of Hobbs in these clothes I’m wearing right now, but one way or another I’m going to make it to Sacramento and we’re going to get this s*** done. Whoever did do ths, better thank God I didn’t catch you in the act as your jaw would be as shattered as this glass is.” (h/t F4WOnline)
Sure enough, Wardlow was not in his regular wrestling gear for the March 8th bout, but his ring attire wasn’t the only reason for his downfall. Hobbs’ victory came with heavy assistance from QT Marshall, leader of The Factory. Just as Wardlow seemed to have the upper hand, Marshall attacked him with a chair, and he and Hobbs teamed up to throw Wardlow off the stage and onto some equipment, causing him to be counted out.
AEW Dynamite Featured The Debut Of QTV
The next week, QT Marshall promised that he would reveal what really happened to Wardlow’s car. Sure enough, the March 15th episode of AEW Dynamite featured the debut of QTV, a TMZ-style backstage show in which Marshall showed footage of Powerhouse Hobbs breaking into Wardlow’s car. He also said that the group had stolen Wardlow’s passport, ensuring he wouldn’t make it to the show in Winnipeg, MB.
While some have criticized the segment for highlighting Marshall instead of the new TNT Champion, a new report from Fightful Select states that QTV was “well received by many backstage.”