In a recent appearance on the "Going Ringside" podcast by "News4JAX," AEW star Swerve Strickland left no room for doubt about his aspirations in the wrestling world. The former WWE star expressed his desire to become the first African American AEW World Champion, marking an ambitious goal for 2024.
Strickland firmly believes that if he had been granted the same opportunities as "Hangman" Adam Page during his first year in AEW, he could have already clinched the AEW World Championship. He emphasized, "Not just any type of gold.
AEW world championship." He remains steadfast in his conviction that he can still achieve this historic feat. Addressing the topic of the current AEW World Champion, MJF, Strickland exuded confidence, asserting that he could excel in the role even more than MJF.
"I think I could do better [than MJF]. Without a doubt. Without a doubt," Strickland declared.
MJF's Dominance and Strickland's Aspirations
While Strickland and MJF have not yet squared off in AEW, they crossed paths in 2017 at a Wrestling Revolver event.
MJF, who currently holds the record as the longest-reigning AEW World Champion in the title's history, is rapidly approaching a remarkable 400-day reign. He secured the championship in November 2022 when he defeated Jon Moxley.
Although Strickland has not captured a singles title in AEW to date, he may be on the verge of a breakthrough. He is in contention to qualify for the final of the AEW Continental Classic tournament. The Gold League final will feature a triple threat match with Strickland, Moxley, and Jay White, with the victor earning the right to face the winner of the Blue League at AEW Worlds End.
The newly-established AEW Continental Championship awaits the ultimate winner. Swerve Strickland's determination and unwavering ambition to break barriers and become the first African American AEW World Champion have certainly captured the attention of wrestling fans.
As the AEW landscape evolves, all eyes will be on Strickland as he seeks to make history in the world of professional wrestling.