For the second week in a row, TNT Champion Samoa Joe will be forced to defend his championship on AEW Dynamite.
Samoa Joe defended the TNT Championship in the main event of the December 28th edition of AEW Dynamite. While Wardlow put up a fight and came close to winning multiple times, Samoa Joe found a way to slow him down and apply a rear naked choke for the submission win.
Following the victory, Joe had a pair of scissors and proceeded to cut the ponytail on Wardlow’s head. It was a form of humiliation for Joe’s former ally Wardlow, who lost the TNT Title to Joe in a triple threat match at Full Gear in November that also included Powerhouse Hobbs.
After Joe cut Wardlow’s ponytail, Darby Allin’s music hit and while Joe was looking in the aisle, Allin attacked Joe from behind with the dreaded skateboard to the back.
Allin has a long history with the TNT Title as the longest reigning TNT Champion in AEW history after holding it for 186 days (about six months) from November 2020 to April 2021.
Following what happened on Dynamite, AEW Owner/President/General Manager Tony Khan announced via Twitter that Joe will defend the AEW TNT Title against Allin next week on Dynamite in Seattle.
The King of Television vs. The Longest Reigning TNT Champion Ever!
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) December 29, 2022
This will be the second time in a month that Joe has to defend his coveted championship against Allin since Joe already defeated Allin on the December 7th edition of Dynamite as well.
Samoa Joe also holds the ROH TV Title, but that will not be on the line against Allin on Dynamite.