As noted earlier, Shaquille O’Neal issued a challenge to Cody Rhodes during the AEW Dynamite awards. AEW issued the following press release:
TNT and AEW Announce Winners of Inaugural
“AEW Dynamite Awards” Distributed Exclusively on Bleacher Report
January 27, 2021 – TNT and Bleacher Report tonight celebrated the first annual “AEW Dynamite Awards,” honoring the top AEW stars and viral moments of the past year.
Livestreamed exclusively on the Bleacher Report app, Shaquille O’Neal, Bert Kreischer, Chael Sonnen, Curtis Granderson, Camille Kostek, Kevin Hefferman, Steve Lemme, Ron Funches, Danielle Fishel Karp and Jensen Karp were among the virtual award presenters to honor the biggest names and personalities in AEW.
With 436,000 total votes, the fans have spoken and the winners of the first annual “AEW Dynamite Awards” are:
Best Moment on the Mic:
Cody Rhodes The American Nightmare accepts a Dog Collar Match from The Exalted One, Mr. Brodie Lee
Sting’s AEW Debut
Breakout Star – Male:
AEW TNT Champion Darby Allin
Breakout Star – Female:
AEW Women’s World Champion Hikaru Shida
The Inner Circle jumps Orange Cassidy
High Flyer Award:
Rey Fenix of The Lucha Brothers
Hardest Moment to Clean Up After:
The Parking Lot Brawl featuring Best Friends and Orange Cassidy v. Santana and Ortiz of The Inner Circle
Biggest WTF Moment
Kenny Omega wins AEW World Championship and walks out of AEW after defeating Jon Moxley
The Young Bucks super kick MJF into the pool on the Jericho Cruise
Best Twitter Follow
The Native Beast Nyla Rose
Bleacher Report PPV Moment of the Year
AEW DOUBLE OR NOTHING Stadium Stampede Match
Founded by CEO, GM and Head of Creative Tony Khan, AEW is a new professional wrestling league headlined by Cody & Brandi Rhodes, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), Chris Jericho, Sting, Hangman Page and Jon Moxley. For the first time in many years, AEW is offering an alternative to mainstream wrestling, with a roster of world-class talent that is injecting new spirit, freshness and energy to the industry. The inaugural event under the AEW banner was the sold-out DOUBLE OR NOTHING PPV in Las Vegas in May 2019.
AEW began airing its weekly show on TNT on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, from 8-10 p.m. ET. The show, “AEW DYNAMITE,” is Wednesday’s No. 1 wrestling show and attracts the youngest wrestling audience on television. AEW’s multi-platform content also includes “AEW DARK,” a weekly pro-wrestling YouTube series, “Being the Elite” a weekly behind-the-scenes YouTube series, and “AEW Unrestricted,” a weekly podcast series co-produced with WarnerMedia. For more info, check out @AEW (Twitter), @AllEliteWrestling (Instagram), / AllEliteWrestling (FB), AllEliteWrestling (YouTube).
TNT, a WarnerMedia brand, is watched by more people than any other cable network and known for big, lean-forward television that gives viewers the best seat in the house for electrifying stories, dynamic characters and thrilling events. TNT is home to some of television’s most popular original series including “Snowpiercer,” “The Alienist: The Angel of Darkness,” “Animal Kingdom” and “Claws.” TNT is expanding its programming to include premium
unscripted with the docuseries ”ShaqLife.” TNT also presents popular shows such as “Bones” and “Castle,” in addition to primetime specials and sports coverage, including the NBA and NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships and the professional wrestling league
All Elite Wrestling (AEW), which has exploded onto the scene with “AEW Dynamite,” premiering as the night’s #1 wrestling show. Website: www.tntdrama.com
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