AEW's first World Champion might not have been crowned quite yet, but we know when the first World Title defense will take place.
The next few months are going to be big ones for AEW. In a little more than two weeks, it will stage All Out in Chicago. The PPV will be the biggest since Double Or Nothing, and the last before its weekly TV show starts. That is scheduled to begin on October 2, 2019, and we already know where the first three shows will be taking place.
All Out will likely be AEW's biggest show to date for a number of reasons. One of the biggest is the crowning of its first World Champion. Hangman Page and Chris Jericho will be doing battle for that honor. Initially, we assumed that Page would be winning this match. However, as time has passed, we are now more inclined to believe that Y2J will be the first-ever AEW Champion.
Despite a champion not yet being crowned, AEW has revealed when the first title defense will be taking place. October 16, 2019, so its third TV show. That show will air live from Philadelphia, so AEW has guaranteed there'll be a rowdy crowd in attendance. As far as we know, this is the only thing announced for that show so far.
The FIRST defense of the #AEW World Championship will be made Wed, October 16th at the @LiacourasCenter when @AEWonTNT broadcasts LIVE from Philadelphia! Tix go on sale this Fri, Aug 16th at Noon ET / 9am PT - https://t.co/mxiUPGTZnl pic.twitter.com/hjRvPFGPKV— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) August 14, 2019
Some fans might question why the AEW Title isn't going to be defended on show number one. Well, for a couple of reasons. Fans will be tuning in to AEW's TV debut no matter what is advertised for it. A World Title match on that show would be a waste as it isn't needed. Also, AEW will need some time to establish a number one contender. That can now be accomplished on episodes one and two.
As mentioned above, we don't doubt for a second that episode one of AEW's foray onto weekly television will be a huge success. It's keeping viewers for the long term that will be a challenge. Announcements like this will let potential fans know that they need to tune in every week. If someone watches the first three episodes and enjoys them, chances are they'll keep coming back week after week.