The Acclaimed enjoyed a strong booking in 2022 and closed out the year as the reigning AEW World Tag Team Champions.
With Billy Gunn in their corner, Anthony Bowens and Max Caster have rapidly risen through the tag team division, going as far as eclipsing FTR in AEW.
On the latest episode of his “The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy” podcast, Matt Hardy praised The Acclaimed for their recent work and their ability to connect with the audience.
Hardy drew comparisons between The Acclaimed and D-Generation X, noting how Max and Anthony kept performing their trademark “scissoring” maneuver even in the face of administrative pushback. Today, not only do The Acclaimed have their own “scissoring” merchandise, but they have also gotten over organically. Hardy said,
“The scissoring thing, there was one point where they were told they shouldn’t be doing that, but they still kept doing it and then it got over organically on its own in the most incredibly huge way possible. It speaks volumes about them and I love that they did it. It reminds me of when I was doing the ‘V1’ hand sign and Stephanie McMahon said, ‘You really shouldn’t do that, it’s never going to get over.’ I still kept doing it and it worked, it got over, and it’s still around now. Good for them for sticking to their guns.”
The Acclaimed will defend the AEW World Tag Team Titles against Jeff Jarrett and Jey Lethal on the inaugural AEW Dynamite of 2023, which takes place on January 4th.