Vince McMahon has caused a storm with his WWE return and it has not escaped the attention of those in AEW with his name getting dropped at Battle of the Belts.
The first Battle of the Belts special of 2023 took place on the 6th of January with three championships on the line. Orange Cassidy successfully defended his All-Atlantic Championship against Kip Sabian while Jade Cargill added to her impressive record by defending her title against Skye Blue.
Following the controversial ending to their match on Dynamite in Seattle, The Acclaimed put their AEW Tag Team Championship on the line against Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal once again, this time in a No Holds Barred match. With Vince McMahon’s return to WWE’s Board of Directors being confirmed earlier in the day, Max Caster couldn’t resist mentioning him during The Acclaimed’s entrance.
The #AEW World Tag Team Champions #TheAcclaimed@PlatinumMax@Bowens_official with Daddy A$$ @RealBillyGunn, are here in Portland to defend the titles LIVE on #AEWBOTB5 on TNT! It's NO HOLDS BARRED! pic.twitter.com/bvPko9HFSC
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) January 7, 2023
Vince McMahon’s return comes with renewed suggestions that the company could be sold with McMahon looking to control the sale in his new role. Letters between the WWE Board and McMahon suggest that the longtime Chairman feels that the window to sell the company is narrowing.
The company’s current management team of Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, and Nick Khan released a short statement confirming McMahon’s return.