AEW on-air personality and former WWE agent Arn Anderson recently answered questions from fans on his ARN podcast. The legendary member of the Four Horseman faction was posed a question by co-host Conrad Thompson regarding a potential Television Championship being introduced to WWE. Whilst Thompson believed this would be a good addition to the WWE product Arn would have a differing perspective.
“That was the whole thing, getting at least 20 minutes.”
“Well I have to, and I don’t do this very often, but I got to disagree with you” Arn would begin. “I’ll tell you why through experience. No one was going to get 20 minutes on TV. So, if you’re trying to have that same Championship mean as much as you could? You had to get [sufficient television time], you know? That was the whole thing, getting at least 20 minutes.”
“you’re never ever going to get that time on the WWE product”
Arn would elaborate further, discussing the importance of building a feud that warranted a lengthy television match and presentation. “You made the loop with a guy once or twice at the most and then that time limit went to 30 minutes” Arn stated. “And then when you had a 30 minute match and at 31 minutes you got beat but you kept the championship? It meant something to you, you’re never ever going to get that time on the WWE product.”
AEW’s TNT Championship
AEW will of course be crowning their first TNT Champion in the near future. Although not called strictly a ‘television’ title, the TNT belt represents the relationship between All Elite and the Turner Network/TNT, their television home. Tony Khan made the following comments regarding the new Championship in a press release: “The first ever titleholder will be determined by an unforgettable tournament that fans will not want to miss, and that our wrestlers will be desperate to win. And it’s only fitting that the champion and title belt will carry the logo of the globally-respected TNT brand, and that they’ll represent not only AEW but also the great quality programming, massive reach, and storied history in the wrestling business that are all associated with TNT.”