The AEW World and Trios titles are now vacant, with one of the new champions being determined on tonight’s Dynamite, the other to be decided in a new tournament.
AEW leader Tony Khan made the announcement via a promo recorded at the start of Dynamite without mentioning either CM Punk, the Young Bucks or Kenny Omega by name or why the belts were being released, saying only that he was “forced to leave” the following titles All out.
The newly minted Trios titles, first won by Omega and the Bucks at All Out, will be up for grabs in Dynamite’s opener as Death Triangle takes on Best Friends & Orange Cassidy. Both participated in the recent tournament.
For the world title, Khan announced the Grand Slam Tournament of Champions with a six-man squad starting tonight and ending at Dynamite’s Grand Slam edition in Queens, New York on September 21.
The tournament is made up of former AEW and WWE champions without mentioning the latter by name. The biggest example of this is Bryan Danielson who was called a seven-time world champion even though he never held AEW gold.
In round one, Hangman Page will face Danielson tonight in their third encounter while Sammy Guevara faces Darby Allin in a battle of former TNT Champions at Friday’s Rampage.
Next week’s Dynamite in Albany, New York will see winner Danielson/Page take on former AEW World Champion Chris Jericho while winner Guevara/Allin takes on former AEW World Champion Jon Moxley.
Punk had reclaimed the AEW World Title on Sunday by defeating Moxley, only to sustain a serious injury during the match itself that will require surgery. That was, of course, before the fight after the pay-per-view that resulted from Punk’s comments after the press conference about Omega, the Bucks and others.
Omega, the Bucks and several other AEW officials have been suspended while Punk’s employment status is still unknown as the company has yet to make an official statement on any of the suspensions.