Miro has become only the fourth TNT Champion in the belt’s history after defeating Darby Allin in dominant fashion!
On the latest edition of AEW Dynamite, Allin looked to defend the title for a record 10th time against the ‘The Best Man’ after successful retentions over Matt Hardy, John Silver and Jungle Boy in recent weeks. The challenge came on last week’s edition of Dynamite where Miro announced his intentions to win the title, wanting to challenge Darby even after the champion was thrown down a flight of stairs.
Before the bell could ring Miro assaulted the champion, throwing him into and over the barricades before returning him to the ring. The challenger got a very close near-fall off an immediate Machka kick as soon as the bell rang but Darby managed to build some momentum after whipping Miro into the ring post.
After a punishing 11 and a half minutes, Miro claimed his very first championship in AEW after locking in the Game Over – causing the referee to call for the bell after Darby refused to submit. After the match, Lance Archer appeared on the stage alongside Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts and stared Miro down as the show went off the air.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) May 13, 2021
This marks the Miro’s first championship in almost two and a half years, last holding the United States Championship in 2019 for just 40 days before losing it to Shinsuke Nakamura on the Royal Rumble Kick-Off. The man then known as Rusev previously held the same title twice before, losing it to Roman Reigns at Clash of Champions 2016 and John Cena at WrestleMania 31.
Elsewhere on Dynamite, multiple matches were confirmed for Double or Nothing including the first-ever Three-Way match for the AEW World Championship, Hangman Page vs Brian Cage, the return of Stadium Stampede and more!