AEW World Trios Championship

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AEW World Trios Championship
The standard AEW World Trios Championship belts
Details
PromotionAll Elite Wrestling
Date establishedJuly 27, 2022
Current champion(s)Vacant
Date wonVacant
StatusVacant
(as of July 10, 2024
(aired July 13, 2024))
Other name(s)
  • AEW World Trios Championship
    (2022–present)
  • Unified World Trios Championship[a]
    (2024–present)
Statistics
First champion(s)The Elite
(Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson)
Most reignsThe Elite
(Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson)
(2 reigns)
Longest reignThe Acclaimed
(Max Caster, Anthony Bowens, and Billy Gunn)
(238 days)
Shortest reignThe Elite
(Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson)
(1st reign, 3 days)
Oldest championBilly Gunn
(59 years, 289 days)
Youngest championAustin Gunn
(29 years, 239 days)
Heaviest championHouse of Black
(Malakai Black, Brody King, and Buddy Matthews)
(725 lbs combined)

The AEW World Trios Championship is a men's professional wrestling world tag team championship created and promoted by the American promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW). It is a specialized tag team championship, being contested by teams of three wrestlers, referred to as trios. Established on July 27, 2022, the inaugural champions were The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson). As of July 10, 2024, the championship is vacant. Previous champions Bang Bang Gang (Jay White, Austin Gunn, and Colten Gunn) were stripped of the title during the Collision tapings on July 10, which will air on tape delay on July 13. Despite Bang Bang Gang invoking the Freebird Rule to allow Juice Robinson to defend the title in place of an injured Jay White, interim AEW Executive Vice President Christopher Daniels overruled them and stripped them of the title.

History[edit]

Record two-time and inaugural champions The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson)

On the July 27, 2022, special episode of Dynamite titled Fight for the Fallen, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) announced a tournament for the inaugural AEW World Trios Championship, which would culminate at the All Out pay-per-view on September 4, 2022. Unlike the AEW World Tag Team Championship, which is a standard tag team title contested by teams of two wrestlers, the Trios Championship is contested by teams of three wrestlers, referred to as trios.[1][2] At All Out, The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson) defeated "Hangman" Adam Page and The Dark Order (Alex Reynolds and John Silver) in the tournament final to become the inaugural champions.[3]

Following berating comments made by AEW World Champion CM Punk at the All Out post-event media scrum on September 5, a legitimate physical altercation occurred between Punk and The Elite. As a result, AEW president Tony Khan suspended all involved.[4] On the September 7 episode of Dynamite, Khan announced that both the World Championship and Trios Championship were vacated. Khan then announced that the episode's scheduled six-man tag team match between Death Triangle (Pac, Penta El Zero M, and Rey Fénix) and Best Friends (Chuck Taylor, Trent Beretta, and Orange Cassidy) would be for the vacant Trios Championship, which was won by Death Triangle.[5]

During Dynasty: Zero Hour on April 21, 2024, Ring of Honor World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Bullet Club Gold (Jay White, Austin Gunn, and Colten Gunn) defeated The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens, Max Caster, and Billy Gunn) to win the AEW World Trios Championship in a winners take all championship unification match to unify the titles and become recognized as the Unified World Trios Champions.[6][7]

Inaugural tournament[edit]

Quarterfinals
Dynamite
(August 17 and 24, 2022)
Rampage
(August 19 and 26, 2022)
Semifinals
Dynamite
(August 31, 2022)
Rampage
(September 2, 2022)
Finals
All Out
(September 4, 2022)
         
Death Triangle
(Pac, Penta El Zero M, and Rey Fénix)
24:51[8]
United Empire
(Kyle Fletcher, Mark Davis, and Will Ospreay)
Pin
United Empire 18:59[12]
The Elite Pin
La Facción Ingobernable
(Andrade El Idolo, Dragon Lee, and Rush)
20:50[9]
The Elite
(Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson)
Pin
The Elite Pin
"Hangman" Adam Page and The Dark Order
(Alex Reynolds and John Silver)
19:50[3]
The House of Black
(Malakai Black, Brody King, and Buddy Matthews)
9:03[10]
The Dark Order
(Alex Reynolds, John Silver, and Preston Vance)
Pin
"Hangman" Adam Page and The Dark Order
(Alex Reynolds and John Silver)
[b]
Pin
Best Friends 11:10[14]
The Trustbusters
(Ari Daivari, Parker Boudreaux, and Slim J)
10:32[11]
Best Friends
(Chuck Taylor, Trent Beretta, and Orange Cassidy)
Pin

Belt design[edit]

The standard AEW World Trios Championship belts were made by Ron Edwardsen of Red Leather Belts. They have five gold plates on black leather straps. The circular center plate has a blue globe at the center with "TRIOS" written across the globe in black with a gold border. Above the globe is a black banner that says "WORLD" in gold while a black banner below the globe says "CHAMPION" in gold. At the top of the plate is AEW's logo while filigree fills out the rest of the plate. Sitting on either side of the center plate are two side plates each. The inner side plates show two wrestlers performing simultaneous superkicks on another wrestler, while the outer side plates show a wrestler performing an electric chair driver.[15]

Custom designs[edit]

The custom "scissoring" belts used by The Acclaimed and Bullet Club Gold/Bang Bang Gang

During House of Black's (Malakai Black, Brody King, and Buddy Matthews) reign that began in March 2023, they introduced their own custom "black out" versions of the championship belts. The belts featured mostly the same basic design as the standard belts, but with silver plates instead of gold (the globe was also black instead of blue). The side plates were also changed to The House of Black's logos with a vertical "HOB" tooled into the leather between the outer side plates and the button snaps.[16]

After The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens, Max Caster, and Billy Gunn) won the title in August 2023, they introduced their own custom "scissoring" championship belts. They featured the same basic design as the standard belts, but with pink straps. Additionally, the ends of the belts were shaped like scissors and said "Scissor Me" on one side and "Daddy Ass" on the other side, referencing their "scissoring" gimmick. The inner side plates were the same as the standard belts, but the outer side plates were changed to saying "WORLD TRIOS CHAMPION". AEW's logo was also added to the top of each side plate.[17]

During Dynasty: Zero Hour in April 2024, ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Bullet Club Gold (Jay White, Austin Gunn, and Colten Gunn) defeated The Acclaimed to win the AEW World Trios Championship, holding and defending both titles under the Unified World Trios Championship banner, using the standard AEW Trios belts, the ROH Six-Man belts, and the Acclaimed's custom pink AEW Trios belts to represent the collective accolade.

Title history[edit]

As of July 14, 2024, there have been six reigns between five teams composed of 15 individual champions and two vacancies. The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson) were the inaugural champions and they have the most reigns at two. Their inaugural reign is also the shortest at 3 days while The Acclaimed's (Max Caster, Anthony Bowens, and Billy Gunn) sole reign is the longest at 238 days. Billy Gunn is the oldest champion, winning the title at 59, while Austin Gunn is the youngest at 29.[3][5]

As of July 10, 2024, the championship is vacant. Previous champions Bang Bang Gang (Jay White, Austin Gunn, and Colten Gunn) were stripped of the title during the Collision tapings on July 10 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, which will air on tape delay on July 13. Despite Bang Bang Gang invoking the Freebird Rule to allow Juice Robinson to defend the title in place of an injured Jay White, interim AEW Executive Vice President Christopher Daniels overruled them and stripped them of the title.

Names[edit]

Name Years
AEW World Trios Championship September 4, 2022 – present
Unified World Trios Championship April 21, 2024 – present

Reigns[edit]

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific team—reign numbers for the individuals are in parentheses, if different
Days Number of days held
Days recog. Number of days held recognized by the promotion
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Days recog.
1 The Elite
(Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson)
September 4, 2022 All Out Hoffman Estates, IL 1 3 3 Defeated "Hangman" Adam Page and The Dark Order (Alex Reynolds and John Silver) in a tournament final to determine the inaugural champions. [3]
Vacated September 7, 2022 Dynamite Buffalo, NY The Elite were stripped of the title after being suspended by AEW president Tony Khan following a legitimate backstage physical altercation with CM Punk and Ace Steel that occurred during the All Out post-event media scrum. [5]
2 Death Triangle
(Pac, Penta El Zero M, and Rey Fénix)
September 7, 2022 Dynamite Buffalo, NY 1 126 126 Defeated Best Friends (Chuck Taylor, Trent Beretta, and Orange Cassidy) to win the vacant championship. [5]
3 The Elite
(Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson)
January 11, 2023 Dynamite Inglewood, CA 2 53 53 This was an Escalera de la Muerte that was also the seventh and final match in a Best of Seven Series for the championship. [18]
4 House of Black
(Malakai Black, Brody King, and Buddy Matthews)
March 5, 2023 Revolution San Francisco, CA 1 175 175 [19]
5 The Acclaimed
(Anthony Bowens, Max Caster, and Billy Gunn)
August 27, 2023 All In London, England 1 238 238 This was a "House Rules" match; Gunn and the Acclaimed's stipulation was No Holds Barred. [20]
6 Bullet Club Gold/Bang Bang Gang
(Jay White, Austin Gunn, and Colten Gunn)
April 21, 2024 Dynasty
Zero Hour
St. Louis, MO 1 80 83 This was a Winners Take All Title Unification match also for Bullet Club Gold's ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship.
With both titles, Bullet Club Gold were referred to as the Unified World Trios Champions and during this reign, the group was renamed to the Bang Bang Gang.
[21]
Vacated July 10, 2024 Collision Calgary, AB, Canada Bang Bang Gang were stripped of the World Unified Trios Championship by interim AEW Executive Vice President Christopher Daniels after Jay White suffered an injury, overruling Bang Bang Gang's attempt to invoke the Freebird Rule to allow Juice Robinson to defend the title in place of White.
This episode aired on tape delay on July 13, 2024.
[22]

Combined reigns[edit]

As of July 14, 2024

Indicates the current champion

By team[edit]

Rank Team No. of
reigns
Combined
days
Combined days
recognized by AEW
1 The Acclaimed
(Anthony Bowens, Max Caster, and Billy Gunn)
1 238
2 House of Black
(Malakai Black, Brody King, and Buddy Matthews)
1 175
3 Death Triangle
(Pac, Penta El Zero M, and Rey Fénix)
1 126
4 Bullet Club Gold/Bang Bang Gang
(Jay White, Austin Gunn, and Colten Gunn)
1 80 83
5 The Elite
(Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson)
2 56

By wrestler[edit]

Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
Combined days
recognized by AEW
1 Billy Gunn 1 238
Anthony Bowens
Max Caster
4 Brody King 1 175
Buddy Matthews
Malakai Black
7 Pac 1 126
Penta El Zero Miedo
Rey Fénix
10 Jay White 1 80 83
Austin Gunn
Colten Gunn
13 Kenny Omega 2 56
Matt Jackson
Nick Jackson

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In tandem with the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship.
  2. ^ Page replaced Preston Vance because the latter was not medically cleared to compete.[13]

References[edit]

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