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Swerve Stickland Wants The AEW World Championship Because “That’s The Sanitised Title”

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Swerve Strickland is nearly two months into his AEW career as he’s set his sights on the AEW World Championship for “sanitary” reasons.

Swerve Strickland, the former Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott, shocked the world when he debuted for All Elite Wrestling at their Revolution pay-per-view, inking a deal with the company on-stage as Christian Cage did at the same event in 2021. The former NXT North American Champion has since battled the likes of Ricky Starks, Tony Nese, and QT Marshall in the Tony Khan-helmed promotion.

Looking ahead, Strickland has locked his eyes firmly on the AEW World Championship, which is currently held by ‘Hangman’ Adam Page. He revealed as such in a recent chat with WhatCulture’s Adam Wilbourn, stating that he wants to go right to the top of AEW (h/t Fightful):

“The World Championship, man. I want the top. TNT is great. But I’m always looking for more. That doesn’t take anything away from the TNT Title. But like, there’s a lot of wolves around that thing right now.”

While many would presume Swerve Strickland would begin in the TNT Championship scene, a title once again held by Sammy Guevara, he has his reasons for not doing so, relating to the title’s very holder:

“Also, what Sammy did with the title. I think I’m gonna go for the World Championship. I’m pretty sure Adam Page isn’t doing anything like that. Yeah, that’s the sanitized title, it looks like. So, Adam Page, man, I think he deserves more praise for what he’s doing as champion right now. He’s a brilliant, brilliant in-ring performer.

A great human being, young, athletic, great looking guy, poise, charismatic. He brings so much to the title. He was there from day one. He helped build this company and it’s beautiful to see him running with the championship. But with that being said, I want to take it from him.”

Swerve Strickland is currently embroiled in a feud with Team Taz, with member Ricky Starks currently possessing the FTW Championship. He challenged for the title on the 25 March broadcast of Rampage, but came away unsuccessful.

The former Hit Row member has held a number of championships in the past, including Combat Zone Wrestling and Major League Wrestling’s respective World Heavyweight Championships, the EVOLVE Championship, and the Lucha Underground Trios Championships.