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    Thursday, August 13, 2020

    #SGQ: A Power Load


    Welcome back to #SGQ, which makes its inglorious little return as 2020 continues to bring the new belts almost as often as the Philippine government makes boneheaded decisions.

    Well, to be fair, this one isn't exactly new—it's just that for what seems to be the first time in wrestling's history, we have a championship belt that's been finished a few months after it's been debuted to the world. That's right: as of this week's episode of AEW Dynamite, the TNT Championship has reached its (as yet) final form.

    We didn't do an #SGQ article on it when it came out because it was made clear that it was still in beta. Before we go into the finished product's look, let's take a quick gander at the prototype:

    After seeing the finished product, it's clear why they decided to debut the new title before it was done—this beta version was pretty much 85-90% there. What we don't know why is why exactly it took this long to finish other than it was because of COVID.

    Here's a closer look at the final belt:

    Look at all that gold plating. Where the prototype was a decent-looking midcard championship, the final TNT Championship belt makes it look like a handsome and prestigious prize, along the same level of the IWGP US Championship and the classic-look Intercontinental Championship.

    The red strap and the gold plating definitely complement each other, while the platinum plating and the shiny silver in the centerplate don't make it look too much like a world title. The simple circular shape of the centerplate also makes it look classic and elegant—it doesn't see the need to take on some wacky shapes (see the IWGP US or the current WWE Intercontinental title, or even the AEW World Championship) and as a result, you take one look at this and immediately think that's a prize.

    The only complaint we might have about this is that the backdrop of the word TNT is a whole lot of nothing. While this is 100% the network's logo, maybe they could've gotten away with at least giving it some texture like the platinum plating on the border of the centerplate. However, this isn't too much of a big deal, and the contrast between that plating and the shiny silver makes it look decent enough for it to grow on us.

    All in all, it's a damn fine championship, worthy of the weekly open challenges and the promotion's second-tier title. Hell, it might even be better than the AEW world title.

    Photos from AEW

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    Item Reviewed: #SGQ: A Power Load Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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