2. It keeps Cody from getting stale
Despite some serious blind spots as one of the company’s executive vice presidents and de facto spokesperson, there’s no denying Cody’s merits as a top tier babyface. One could even argue that Cody is the still the best on-screen protagonist in North American pro wrestling, though the lack of real crowds due to the COVID-19 pandemic has muddied that debate.
Those traits have shone through during his reign as TNT Champion, but, as hinted at in the previous slide, this run has an expiration date. It helps that there’s no real crowd to sour on these Cody open challenges, but that doesn’t mean the viewers at home won’t tire of the weekly 15-minute Cody match that ends with a clean pinfall and a handshake afterward.
At some point, Cody will return to the world title picture — once the bookers find a way to address the stipulation that Cody can never challenge for the world title — and before that time comes, he’ll need to drop the TNT Title to a worthy successor; someone who stellar in-ring and mic skills. Someone like Scorpio Sky.
You wouldn’t even need to shake up the formula with him as champion. AEW could continue with the open challenges — with the narrative focusing on Sky affirming himself as a legitimate singles star — and the results would be as fruitful as they were with Cody. Plus, Cody moving up the card after losing to Sky would send the message that the TNT Title is a gateway to bigger things, which sets the table for Sky’s main event hopes. That’s a good thing because…