AEW TNT Champion Cody continued to defend his title each week on Dynamite and tonight he went up against former NWA World Television Champion Ricky Starks.

This was Starks’ debut in AEW, but came up short against the champion, after losing via pinfall to cross rhodes.

After the show, AEW President Tony Khan announced Stark had signed with AEW.

“Thank you @starkmanjones for a great effort tonight. While he didn’t win the open challenge & the TNT Title, he opened a lot of eyes on #AEWDynamite. Thank you @CodyRhodes & Arn for nominating a great challenger; I was glad to sanction the match. Now: congrats, Ricky, you earned it.”

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You can check out highlights from the match in the images below:

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