Scorpio Sky wins TNT Title, Makes Black History on AEW Dynamite
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After three years, 1,163 days and 27,919 hours they finally let a Black man hold the TNT Title as Scorpio Sky makes history. And honestly, this feels like the beginning of something special that oooooh fuuuu….
Scorpio Sky is your new TNT champion and you love to see it. No, this was not done in response to Big Swole, or posturing for diversity, but at the same time it’s not necessarily building a Black pillar either. The answer lies somewhere in the middle but we’ll get to that later. For now, let’s celebrate the God Scorpio Sky, AEW’s go-to guy when it comes to Black Excellence. Now the first Black TNT Champion, Scorpio was the first Black man to hold a championship in AEW when he won the tag titles with Frankie Kazarian. He’s the first person of any color to hold both the TNT Championship and the AEW Tag Team Titles. He won AEW’s inaugural Face of the Revolution Ladder Match. He was the first Black man to ever get any type of win on pay-per-view, and to this day Scorpio Sky—by himself—accounts for 50% of every Black wrestler win on pay-per-view in the three-year history of AEW.
This past Wednesday on AEW Dynamite Black wrestlers went 1 for three in their championship matches, and of course, Scorpio was the one.
Long story short, Scorpio Sky is our Barack Obama. He’s both a hero and an exception to the rule.
AEW Dynamite this past Wednesday was one of the best episodes in history for Black wrestlers, who competed for every one of AEW’s male, sanctioned championships. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, winning and losing isn’t the whole issue with Black wrestlers in AEW as long as their stories are being told and they’re being put in positions to grow. That’s exactly what happened this Wednesday. Dante Martin got a World Title shot against Hangman Adam Page. They didn’t wait until he was ready. They didn’t play the “Give it Time” game. They didn’t even run an angle. They just announced it on Twitter and when young Dante inevitably lost, Hangman Adam Page put him over like a million bucks on AEW’s flagship show. Dante Martin wrestled the biggest match of his career and received his biggest endorsement of his career and it all took less than 15 minutes. From here on out, Dante Martin is to be referred to on this channel as AEW’s Black Pillar.
The Acclaimed wrestled for the AEW Tag Team Championships as Max Caster continues to carry the culture while Anthony Bowens is quietly turning into a great wrestler. There’s no Marty Jannetty on this team. Even Private Party was featured in AEW’s biggest segment as they turned on Matt Hardy only to brawl with Jeff Hardy in his debut. Keith Lee and Swerve Scott were even featured in backstage cameos, so let’s hope AEW has real plans for them as well.
This was the type of melanated AEW that I’m here for, and the coup de tat came when Scorpio Sky, AEW’s one-man Black History Machine, delivered with a predictable AEW TNT Championship win. Because if you’ve been reading the tea leaves in AEW, everybody should have seen this coming since Dan Lambert starting promoting Scorpio Sky as being undefeated for almost a year.
Scorpio Sky’s TNT Championship win spit in the face of “Give it Time.” Before this, Scorpio wrestled just 13 matches in 364 days. My man averaged just over one match per month. AEW was wasting his time. But when they needed to heat up a heel to take the title off Sammy Guevara—and feed him to Wardlow a week later—they were suddenly able to make Scorpio Sky into one of the company’s top heels real quick. Over the course of two months to be exact. He didn’t have to be “ready” for this moment, AEW just stopped wasting his time, put him with the best manager they have, surrounded him with what looks to be a fire stable with money-drawing superstar Page VanZant joining the fold, INVESTED their resources in brand new theme music, finessed his 13 matches in a year by promoting it as being undefeated in a year, and voila, we have a top heel in the span of a couple of months. All from the carny power of the pencil. Funny how that works.
Unfortunately, not only is Scorpio Sky is trending to become a transitional champion, he’s in danger of making even more Black history but for all the wrong reasons.
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