The next option to feud with TNT Champion Mr. Brodie Lee feels like the opposite side of the coin that is Chuck Taylor. Also a tag team specialist since arriving in AEW, if there was ever a man who embodied the term “Ring General,” it’s Christopher Daniels. You wouldn’t be able to tell by watching him compete today, but Daniels turned 50 back in March.
With 27 years of in-ring experience, Christopher Daniels has seen brief stints with WCW and WWF back in the late 90s and early 2000s, and most notably became a mainstay of the independent scene in the last two decades with unforgettable runs in Ring of Honor and TNA Wrestling. Christopher Daniels has been ROH World Champion, ROH World Television Champion, was the first ROH Grand Slam Champion, is a four-time TNA X Division Champion, and was ranked 15th in the world on the PWI 500 back in 2006.
Despite his indie career stretching back long before Mr. Brodie Lee’s tenure in WWE, the two never crossed paths until Lee arrived in AEW. Daniels fell to Lee in a single match on AEW Dynamite back in May and was on the losing side of a six-man tag team match at AEW Dynamite: Fyter Fest 2020, but seeing him go after the TNT Championship full bore would be an amazing sight for a man who wrestles like he’s still just 30 years old.
Last, but certainly not least, there’s the dark horse who has actually been by the side of Mr. Brodie Lee for some time now. Colt Cabana seemed reluctant to join The Dark Order, but he’s found success and more television time since he began standing with the group.
While Colt Cabana has over two decades of experience in the industry with a brief run in WWE, significant time with Ring of Honor, and even a stint in NJPW, he’s struggled to set himself apart from the pack. For better or worse, Colt Cabana has largely been known as either the guy who hosts the podcast The Art of Wrestling, which rightfully blazed the trail for wrestling podcasts today.
He’s also, unfortunately, known as that dude who was friends with CM Punk and saw that friendship implode after a difficult legal battle with WWE. Despite all of this, Cabana has shown staying power throughout his career by ranking 44 on the PWI 500 in 2012 and showing back up on the PWI 500 in 2019 to rank 120, which goes along with his most coveted accolade of being a two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion.
At 40 years old, Colt Cabana seems to realize he needs to do whatever he can to grasp at that proverbial brass ring before his time has completely run out. While he seems to be an ally to Mr. Brodie Lee right now, that connection isn’t rock-solid, and it would be fascinating to see Cabana turn on his current leader and go after the TNT Championship.