3. He would become a certified singles star
Since Cody beat Lance Archer to win the TNT Title at Double or Nothing last May, he has taken on a bevy of challengers for the red strap, be it AEW roster members or unsigned independent wrestlers, and has turned all of them back.
Reminiscent of John Cena’s United States Open Challenge back in 2015, these weekly title defenses have established Cody as a noble, fighting champion while also getting the nascent belt over as a prize that other stars want.
Eventually, Cody will have to use the equity he’s built up over the last three months (and counting) to get a new star over (more on that in a bit), and given the options available, Sky seems like the most obvious choice.
We saw a glimpse of what a Sky singles run would look like last winter when he wrestled Chris Jericho for the AEW World Heavyweight Championship. He delivered strong promos during the lead-up to the big television main event and didn’t look out of place hanging with the future Hall of Famer in a high-stakes championship encounter.
Since that match, Sky has spun his wheels on AEW’s supplementary web show, but the bookers have kept him relatively strong throughout this period, and after his breakout promo on Aug. 4, it’s time to follow through with a big singles title win.