On the 22nd February 2023, AEW Dynamite hosted a tag team battle royal. Featuring a host of top teams in AEW (although FTR were decidedly absent), they battled for the chance to challenge for the AEW Tag Team Championships at AEW Revolution.
The winner of the Battle Royal joins three other teams for a blockbuster match at AEW Revolution 2023. Prior to the match, champions The Gunns (Austin & Colten Gunn) and The Acclaimed (Max Caster & Anthony Bowens) had already been confirmed for the match, with two more teams left to be decided.
The battle royal on Dynamite this week featured a number of teams, including the fan-favourite duo of Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta. The Best Friends were one of the top teams in the early days of AEW, challenging multiple times for the tag titles.
They always came up short, sadly, but did put on some legendary matches during that time. Their parking lot brawl with Santana & Ortiz in 2020 was one of the best matches of the year, with the shock appearance of Orange Cassidy in the car trunk popping the crowd hugely.
Fellow teammate Orange Cassidy & Chuck also battled Miro and Kip Sabian in an Arcade Anarchy match, a concept inspired by Miro’s gamer gimmick at the time. They were once again successful, with Trent and Kris Statlander making surprise returns from injury during the match.
They have cooled off in recent years, giving more of a spotlight to Orange Cassidy. They supported him in his attempts to win the AEW Championship and were in his corner when he won the All-Atlantic Championship from PAC in 2022.
The Best Friends should have won the tag team titles by now. I’m not one for giving a team the belts just because they worked hard or have been there a long time. I see huge money in Chuck Taylor & Trent, with their dry, witty promo style making them the perfect comedy group.
We’ve seen with The Acclaimed that a comedy duo can be champions, and like the Best Friends, they can take this seriously when they need to. The Parking Lot Brawl proved this and we clearly still have so much more to see from Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta as a tag team.
Trent Beretta Impresses In Tag Team Battle Royal
Chuck Taylor did not last long in the AEW Dynamite tag team battle royal, but it was Trent Beretta who would be the most impressive man in the ring. The former WWE superstar brawled outside the ring with Jeff Jarrett for a large portion of the match and managed to last until the end of the match, coming close to victory.
He was the last man in the match, opposite Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal. While two on one did not seem fair, he fought them off as best he could, even throwing Lethal out of the match. He also had Jarrett beat, but interference from Sonjay Dutt stopped him from winning, while Satnam Singh repeatedly caught Jeff Jarrett every time Trent Beretta had him beaten.
Eventually, the numbers overpowered him. He was hit by Jeff Jarrett’s stroke move (why is it called that?) multiple times and was dumped over the top rope. Jarrett and Lethal now go onto Revolution to challenge for the tag belts, although it was Trent Beretta who looked like the big star in the bout.
While this wasn’t the Best Friends’ day, they have one more chance to book their ticket to Revolution next week. A Casino Battle Royal will take place on AEW Dynamite to decide the final team in the title match, with the duo of Chuckie T & Trent hoping for their first title match since 2021.
In my opinion, Trent is a future star in singles action but now is the time to pull the trigger on the Best Friends. While Orange Cassidy currently holds All-Atlantic Championship gold, the tag team portion of the group has yet to win any title together, even outside AEW.
Chuck and Trent were likely set to win the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Titles in 2019. The duo were part of the CHAOS faction, recruited by their friend Kazuchika Okada. They were being set for a big push, although they signed for AEW that year and left the company before that could materialise.
Hopefully, Trent Beretta will team with Chuck Taylor to take on The Acclaimed, The Gunns and Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal at AEW Revoution 2023 and win the AEW Tag Team Championships for the first time in their career.
Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
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