AEW President Tony Khan has revealed more information about a potential special in January 2022 to be called Battle Of The Belts.
Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men Podcast was first to report that AEW is set to hold its first-ever TNT special on Saturday, January 8th.
Zarian noted that the special could be titled ‘Battle of the Belts,’ a throwback to a show of the same name hosted by the NWA and the CWF. (Championship Wrestling from Florida). The company is unable to use ‘Clash of the Champions’ as the name is owned by WWE. However, AEW filed a trademark for “Battle of the Belts” back in September.
The report comes after it was confirmed that AEW Dynamite will be moving from TNT to TBS from January 5th. In addition to the move, it was announced that AEW will host four Saturday ‘supercard specials’ each year. While Dynamite is moving to a new home, Rampage will continue to air on TNT in its current Friday night slot.
As part of the new deal, AEW unveiled a new championship on the October 6th episode of Dynamite. With the help of Aubrey Edwards, Tony Schiavone unveiled the new TBS Championship which will act as a second title in the AEW women’s division. It was then revealed that the first-ever champion will be crowned via a tournament. The finals of the tournament will take place on January 5th.
Now Tony Khan has confirmed the special event on the media call ahead of Full Gear. Khan added that the company want to start 2022 in a “very big way:”
“That same week when we launch Dynamite on TBS, we’ll have Rampage on TNT, and then we’ll have the first-ever Battle of the Belts in AEW. Stay tuned for more info on that. 2022, we’re going to start it in a very big way.”