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Has anyone ever defeated a champ in an AEW Title Eliminator match?

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AEW Dynamite headlined February 8’s “Championship Fight Night”. The last two matches of the night were for titles, but as Tony Schiavone mentioned/told us, the first two matches had “championship results”.

This is because Maxwell Jacob Friedman vs. Konosuke Takeshita and Jimmy Hayter vs. Bunny are what AEW calls Championship Elimination Matches (not to be confused with the occasional AEW Tag Team Championship, although I believe the finals of those championships are also a type of tag team elimination match. Since the winner is loser gets title and loser doesn’t…but I digress). In the form we got last night, it’s an official way to do the “beat the champ, take the championship” matches we’ve seen – and complained about – from so many federations.

MJF and Hayter won, so Takeshita and Bunny won’t get shots at their respective world championships. Which made me wonder if a non-champion ever won an elimination match against a champion. I wasn’t able to show a case of this happening using my search techniques (cough *Google, Wikipedia, kagematch *cough), but figured one of you guys would blow my mind if I forgot something.

I’m not sure what to think if I’m right no one ever gets a chance to beat a champ. On the other hand, champions shouldn’t lose non-title matches on TV – especially ones who wrestle sparingly like Friedman. On the other hand, these bouts can suffer from a lack of suspense about the outcome. We knew both last nights were building blocks in larger storylines, and the MJF/Takeshita match was part of a whole chapter that played out last night in the World Championship picture.

It is bound to happen. At some point in the future, some optimists will get upset. I mean, I can’t remember anyone failing a challenge on AEW TV heading into last night, and this damn Chris Jericho made sure Ricky Starks lost Garcia Guevara Gauntlet in El Paso.

All of which you can see bits of in the highlights from February 8th dynamite less. We’ve put all of the YouTube videos AEW has released as of this morning into a playlist, and since they don’t release everything that way at the same time, we’ve got the Twitter clips of the other big moments and matches below.

  • Takeshita takes the AEW MJF World Champion to the limit
  • Did Top Flight and AR Fox take the world’s elite trio title?
  • The Gunns steal the AEW World Tag Team Championship from the Acclaimed Ones

For complete results and live blog for dynamite click here. To read a full recap and review of all of the night’s action, click here here.

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