The Young Bucks and Private Party kicked off AEW's Tag Title tournament on Dynamite this week, and we have already seen its first upset.
AEW has promised to do a lot of things differently to WWE. One of the main things is its focus on tag team wrestling. The fledgling promotion is already boasting that it has the best tag team division in the world. It is showcasing that division via a tournament to crown the company's first-ever Tag Team Champions.
That tournament finally got underway on this week's Dynamite. AEW EVPs The Young Bucks took on promising upstarts, Private Party. Another thing AEW is big on is statistics and win-loss records. For the purposes of the tournament, it's also using a seeding system. Announcers hammered home that the Bucks were the number one seed, while Private Party were seeded eighth.
It seemed a given that The Bucks would win. However, fans will have been expecting a valiant effort from Private Party despite their lowly seeding. AEW continues to make it clear that the future is bright for the pair. They certainly looked good in Wednesday night's opening match. So good, in fact, that they managed to leave with the win.
The announcers, the fans, and ultimately The Bucks were left in a state of shock. Matt and Nick aren't cocky per se, but their seeding and their pedigree would have maybe had them looking past their first-round opponents. Turns out that was a big mistake, and now their chance of becoming AEW's first-ever Tag Team Champions is out the window. Private Party will progress to the final four and face the winners of Jurassic Express versus The Lucha Bros.
That second first-round match will take place on next week's Dynamite, as will the third and final opening-round match. That last match will pit Best Friends against SoCal Uncensored. The winner of that match will face The Dark Order who earned themselves a bye directly into the tournament semifinals thanks to their work at All Out. Now that The Bucks are out, the Tag Team Titles are really anyone's for the taking.