If you were to ask the casual AEW fan to rank the men’s singles titles, then most would place the AEW World Title number one, and the TNT Title number two. But not Lance Archer.
Ahead of his clash with Miro for the TNT Title at AEW Double Or Nothing on Sunday, Archer shared his thoughts about AEW’s titles on The Rob Brown Show, saying:
“It isn’t a secondary title by any means. It’s on the same level as the AEW Championship. Right now, Kenny Omega is the champion and he’s been very selective on who he fights. That’s how the AEW Championship has gone. The TNT Title has been seen many more times. Cody defended it on a weekly basis. Darby, once he got into the groove, he fought and defended it multiple times on TNT. That’s what makes it important in its own realm. There isn’t one that is better than the other, they just have different ways of going about things.
“[Kenny] Omega has been selective and has had an ongoing battle with Moxley and now has a triple threat with Orange Cassidy and PAC. The TNT Title has been defended against so many guys. One of the best champions the company ever had was the late, great Brodie Lee. Cody defended it honourably for a long time against so many guys. He got lucky when he beat me, we were the inaugural fighters for the title. Darby Allin defended it as he did and then Miro taking it as he did and making a statement. When Miro and I fight, we’re going to give fans that monster fight that I don’t know has happened in AEW.”
There is certainly some credence to Archer’s words, with the TNT Title being a featured attraction on AEW Dynamite, often in the main event. Similar to when Rob Van Dam was ECW TV Champion from 1998 - 2000; many saw the TV Title as equal to if not greater than the ECW World Title due to how often it was defended and the quality of said title matches.