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Cody Rhodes named first-ever AEW TNT Champion

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community news, Cody Rhodes named first ever AEW TNT Champion

Cody Rhodes carved his name even further into wrestling history on Saturday night, defeating Lance Archer to crown himself the first-ever TNT Champion at AEW’s Double or Nothing pay-per-view.

“It was a privilege to have that moment in the ring,” said Rhodes. “Look at this from the perspective of what is happening in the world. People are losing their lives. There needs to be happiness, wrestling needs to endure, so that was a great moment to share.”

Rhodes hit his signature Cross Rhodes three different times on Archer, with the third time being the charm. The story was exceptional in its build, and the narrative was clearly established as Rhodes needed to overcome every obstacle hurled at him by the monstrous Archer.

The 6’6″ Archer showcased a blend of power and athleticism rarely on display by men of his size, immediately setting the tone by hitting his signature move, The Blackout, in the match’s opening sequence.

“Lance is a really special athlete,” said Rhodes. “He has size and speed and he’s a drug-free athlete you can count on. To peel the curtain back a little bit, it was QT Marshall that scouted Lance for this company and took him to Tony Khan. Lance is the hybrid athlete that all wrestling organizations should crave to have.”

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