AEW says thank you to Chicago.
But will they say thanks to Le Champion? Chris Jericho defends his title against Scorpio Sky, will SCU rain on Y2J’s Thanksgiving Thank You Celebrashon?
- Best Friends VS The Lucha Brothers; Best Friends win.
- Bea Priestly & Emi Sakura VS Hikaru Shida & Kris Statlander; Sakura & Priestly win.
- Cody VS Matt Knicks; Cody wins.
- Kenny Omega VS PAC; Omega wins.
- Dynamite Dozen Finals, Diamond Ring Match: Hangman Page VS MJF w/ Wardlow; MJF wins the Dynamite Diamond Ring.
- AEW World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Scorpio Sky; Jericho wins and retains the AEW World Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Thank You Celebrashon begins now!
Soul Train Jones is here in Chicago with a smaller version of a Macy Thanksgiving Parade as he welcomes us to “the greatest night in television history!” He introduces to us, the Greatest of All Time, Le Champion, Chris Jericho! The AEW World Champion walks out to all the fanfare he feels he deserves, and already has a little bit of the bubbly on hand. Jericho joins STJ in the ring and Chicago chants, “Thank You, Jericho!” Jericho tells Chicago to sit down and shut up now. This is HIS celebrashon, and he doesn’t need them messing any of it up. Tonight, Jericho gets that thanks. Not from the Chicagoans that don’t matter, but the AEW and TNT top brass! As Soul Train said, this is going to be the best night in TV history. Some of the fans are lucky enough to have a 50 cents off coupon for the newest Chris Jericho t-shirt. Yes, cents, not percent.
But moving on, “after months of discussion and investigation,” the greatest tasting grapes were found in Nepal and the Inner Circle has created the official Little Bit of the Bubbly! Go to the website now to order yours, supplies are limited. Fans chant for the “Bubbly! Bubbly!” as Jericho opens the bottle and sprays some around. He pours himself and Soul Train a toast. They sip, and it tastes so good. Now Jericho brings out his best friends in the world, the Inner Circle! Sammy Guevara, Santana and Ortiz come out, bringing extra Bubbly and other party favors. Sammy has a mic to say to his “father figure,” that he will thank Jericho. They’ve got all sorts of gifts, but the best gift is what Sammy has. A picture may be worth 1000 words, but this is priceless. Sammy takes the veil off the mystery item, it’s a Jericho-Sammy cardboard cutout of them hugging! And then they recreate it live! Thank you, Spanish God.
Santana and Ortiz are up next, and they have a Boricua gift basket. It’s the Winter, so that means it is flu season. Mama told him that you just gotta put this all over, and you’re all good! And then they have a picture of Hector Lavoe! But that’s not all, there’s some choncletas. These double as weapons. There’s something in a brown bag. This is Little Bit of a 40. Best of all, Jericho is an official Boricua. They give him a Puerto Rico headband. This is already the greatest night of his life, but where is the Big Hurt, Jake Hager? They look around but Hager comes out with a gift of his own. The little critter is reluctant to come out. This is Chris Jerigoat. Jericho does want to know one more thing. What is this big box? What’s in the box? Is it a surprise? It has him all over it. This is the biggest surprise the Inner Circle has for Jericho. It’s… PAPA JERICHO, TED IRVINE!!
Jericho is amazed to see his dad here, and his dad is great to be back in New York City! No, Dad, no, it’s Chicago… Oh? The Blackhawks? Yeah. And Chicago cheers for them. Oh quiet down, they’re having a father-son moment. Irvine played for the Ranges, and they beat the Blackhawks all the time! It was brutal! Still are brutal. Irvine remembers some guy named Bobby Hull. Chicago Blackhawks were and always will be wimps! Well, what’s in the bag? He has gifts all for the Inner Circle. They’re custom jerseys based on the New York Rangers! Chicago says “Rangers Suck!” but the Inner Circle tries on their jerseys. Even Soul Train gets one! You’ve got Ruffian, Thug, Big Hurt, Spanish God, and of course, Le Champion. This is a lot of fun, huh, Chicago?
But time for the knitty gritty. This is the official statement from the AEW and TNT brass. Time to read it to the crowd. Actually, no, he won’t read it. Jericho makes the ring announcer read it. Fans taunt Jericho, saying “You Can’t Read! You Can’t Read!” What’s this kid’s name again? Justin Roberts. Where’s he from? Here in Chicago, actually. Where did he graduate? Buffalo Grove High. Well then Buffalo Grove sucks. Now read this official thank you statement. Justin takes the paper and reads it aloud.
“Dear Chris Jericho, on behalf of Warner Media, TNT and the entire AEW Family, we wanted to take our time and extend our sincerest gratitude and appreciation for all your contributions in helping AEW become the most talked about wrestling league in the world. Your exemplary service to AEW continues to demonstrate not only the performer but also the man Chris Jericho truly is. Not only are you Le Champion, but you are our champion. Thank you.” Fans boo, not believing a word of that. Jericho didn’t like Justin’s tone. Does Justin not think Jericho deserves the thank you? Huh? Huh? They beat up Justin Roberts! But here comes the marching band!? They beat up the Inner Circle, because they’re really SCU! Soul Train gets a Cobra Clutch! Or is a Million Dollar Dream? Scorpio finishes it with a LARIAT! The Inner Circle is furious but Scorpio will look to add on. Will Scorpio be saying “thank you” after he takes the title from Jericho?
Marco Martinez joins AEW commentary!
The All Elite Fleet announcer joins JR and Excalibur for the night while Tony Schiavone is with the Georgia Bulldogs! Marco looks forward to this big tag team match up next! And after what Justin Roberts just went through, Dasha Gonzalez steps in to introduce it!
Best Friends VS The Lucha Brothers!
Trent beat Pentagon but Rey Fenix beat Nick Jackson. Tag teams collide again, but they don’t even wait for the bell! Pentagon and Fenix blindside Trent, Chuckie and Orange… Gobbledy? Fans are divided as Fenix and Pentagon each shout, “CERO, MIEDO!” But the Best Friends send the brothers into each other instead! Then they set things up as Orange climbs, to LEAP! Seems turkeys can fly. Best Friends get the Lucha Brothers in the ring and the bell rings.
Trent and Chuckie go corner to corner to corner clothesline, then the other way. Then they hug! Pentagon bails out of the ring and Trent grabs Fenix. He feeds Fenix to Chuckie’s sexy knee, then adds a knee of his own! Cover, TWO, but Trent keeps his cool. Trent drags Fenix up but Fenix fights back. Trent shoves, Trent dodges and Pentagon cheap shots. Fenix tiger feints Chuckie away, then “Uno! Dos! Tres!” DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fenix gets the ref away from Trent so he doesn’t see Pentagon SUPERKICK Chuckie out of the ring! Pentagon tags in as fans rally, and Pentagon runs. He and Fenix combine, wheelbarrow splash! Cover, TWO! Pentagon and the fans rally up, “Cero Miedo! *clap clap clapclapclap*” Pentagon brings Trent up and whips him corner to corner as AEW goes picture in picture.
Trent tumbles into buckles hard, then gets a BACKSTABBER! Pentagon fires up and taunts Chuckie but the ref keeps Chuckie back. Pentagon puts Trent on the ropes to body shot, then takes off the glove. He tosses the glove to the ref, to KICK Trent’s leg! Tag to Fenix and Fenix SUPERKICKS Trent immediately! Fenix stays between Trent and Chuckie before bringing Trent up. Fenix snapmares, builds speed, but then stops to SUPERKICK again! Cover, TWO! Fenix gets in Chuckie’s face as Trent flounders to an open corner. Fenix drags Trent up, CHOPS him in the corner, then tags Pentagon. Pentagon drags Trent up to whip, to SUPERKICK him out of the ring! Fenix puts Trent back in for his brother as Chicago joins in with “CERO! MIEDO!” Pentagon covers, ROPEBREAK!
Pentagon argues with the ref but it was clear Trent was on the ropes. Pentagon drags Trent from the ropes to wrench and then tag Fenix. Fenix hops up then leaps in to dumdum stomp Trent’s arm. Fenix CHOPS Trent off his feet, then drags him up in a facelock. Trent fights back as AEW goes single picture again. Fans rally and duel as Fenix dropkicks Trent to then rolling sobat Chuckie! Fenix lifts Trent but Trent fights out of the bomb, only for Pentagon to enziguri him down! POWERBOMB! Fenix holds Trent’s legs open, Pentagon goes up, “CERO! MIEDO!” Pentagon double stomps Trent’s butt! Cover, TWO! Trent clutches his Baretta as fans rally up. Pentagon drags Trent up and tucks the arms, but Trent slips out. Trent dodges, hot tag to Chuckie T!
The Kentucky Gentleman rallies on the Lucha Brothers! Chuckie lariats Pentagon, spins Fenix, standing Sliced Bread! He dodges Pentagon, rolls him to a Half Crab! Kip up to SUPERKICK from Fenix! The brothers whip Chuckie corner to corner and then Pentagon runs in. Chuckie goes up and over to let Pentagon crash into buckles. Fenix runs in but gets overhead suplex’d onto his brother! Fans rally up as the brothers bail out. Chuckie tags Trent, then FLIES to take the brothers out! Trent builds speed as Chuckie sets the brothers up, but Fenix gets loose to SUPERKICK Trent! Pentagon is up top, SUPER DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!?! Trent lives and Pentagon can’t believe it! But wait, Orange is back up. He flaps his wings, and that distracts Pentagon! Trent rolls Pentagon up, TWO, SUPERKICK!
Pentagon tags Fenix so that he can go after Orange Gobbledy himself. But Chuckie leaps over Orange to CANNONBALL Pentagon! Fenix runs at Trent, big rolling sobat! He rolls Trent, then somersaults, but into the Alabama! CRUNCHY BUSTER! Cover, Best Friends win!!
Winners: Best Friends, Trent by pinfall
That was a big win for Best Friends, they might be going up the ranks! Will this help earn them an AEW World Tag Team Championship match?
AEW shares their Power Rankings!
The Women’s Division top 5 contenders are as follows: 5th place, Allie; 4th place, Nyla Rose; 3rd place, Emi Sakura; 2nd place, Britt Baker; and in 1st place, Hikaru Shida! Riho might be facing her former classmate in the near future, will #1 Shida become the one?
Bea Priestly & Emi Sakura VS Hikaru Shida & Kris Statlander!
Speaking of, the samurai of Stardom and #1 contender teams up with the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien to build some momentum towards that inevitable encounter. Will Shida stay strong when faced with her mentor and beastly Priestly?
Teams sort out and Kris steps up, but Sakura and Bea attack her and Shida before the bell! They knock Shida off the apron and double hip Kris, but she holds ropes. Bea runs in but is tossed out, and then Kris kicks Sakura. Sakura throws Kris out but Kris lands on the apron. Kris has to kick Bea off her leg, then she MOONSAULTS right onto her! Fans fire up as Kris goes up top, and leaps to missile dropkick Sakura! And even kips up! Tag to Shida, who then hurries right out to get a chair! But we’ve seen this before, she stands the chair up and runs, but Emi takes a seat. She “sips tea,” but Shida boots her out of the chair! Shida goes again, to LEAP! Bea gets clear so only Sakura takes the flying knee! Bea clubs Shida down and fans boo. Bea soaks up all the heat as AEW goes picture in picture.
Bea puts Shida in the ring to bump her off buckles. She grinds a boot into Shida’s face, but lets up at the ref’s count. Bea drags Shida up by her hair and bumps her off more buckles. Tag to Sakura and she throws Shida by her hair! Sakura brings Shida up but Shida blocks the scoop to scoop Sakura back. But Sakura claws Shida’s back! Sakura “apologizes” before she brings Shida up in a waistlock. Shida standing switches, but Sakura pulls hair again! The ref reprimands and counts, but Sakura takes his arm in hers to do-si-do! But then Sakura taunts Shida, Shida runs in, and Sakura uses the ref’s own arm to clothesline Shida down! The ref apologizes, but Sakura raises his hand in victory. The ref is not pleased with Sakura’s playing around, but she goes after Shida’s legs.
Sakura hooks Shida’s legs then grabs the arms. She sings, Chicago sings, and Sakura brings Shida up in the Romero Special! Sakura’s hitting the high note before tossing Shida aside! Tag to Bea and she goes right at Shida on the ropes to scrape her boot. AEW returns to single picture as Bea runs in, to boot wash Shida! Cover, TWO!! Shida barely escapes but Bea drags her back up. Tag to Sakura and Sakura has her mic stand. She parades around with it but the ref warns her not to use it. He and Sakura fight over it, Shida grabs Sakura into a sleeper hold! Sakura slips out and around, and uses the microphone stand to help in the cobra twist! Sakura’s singing again as she stretches Shida. The ref takes the mic stand away and Shida gets loose as Sakura “cries.” Sakura stomps Shida as the fans jeer the ref for being a spoiled sport. Tag to Bea as Sakura “cries” more.
Bea pushes Shida into a corner to stand on her chest! She lets up and the ref reprimands her. Fans rally up for Shida as Bea grinds her forearms into her. The ref counts, Bea lets up, and then whips Shida corner to corner. Shida reverses, but Bea goes up and over! Shida scoops Bea and shoves her in between the ropes! Sakura runs in, but Shida catches her to suplex into Bea! Bea flops down but Sakura grabs a foot. Bea clubs Shida down as Sakura gets away. Bea waistlocks but Shida fights out. Bea kicks but Shida dodges. Shida kicks but Bea dodges. Bea forearms but Shida enziguris! Bea wobbles into Shida’s fireman’s carry. Bea fights out, SNAP GERMAN! Bea runs, into the KNEE! Both women are down and Chicago rallies up! Hot tags to Sakura and Statlander!
Kris rallies on Sakura! She goes Matrix to then PELE! Sakura flounders to a corner and Kris hits Bea for good measure. Kris knees Sakura, Shida knees Sakura! Kris pump handles, for a rolling cradle! And they roll and roll and roll, finally ending on a cover, TWO!! Sakura is dizzy but Kris is right on her. Kris scoops but Sakura slips out to a dragon sleeper, twisting facebuster! Kris crawls to a corner and Sakura gets the “Boom boom clap” going. Sakura has some fans singing along, but most boo as she runs at Kris for the cross body! Bea is up fast, leaps, DUMDUM STOMPS! Sakura underhooks, butterfly backbreaker! Shida breaks in to break the cover! Bea throws Shida back out, Sakura drags Kris to a drop zone. Sakura climbs up, MOONSAULT FLOPS! Knee outta nowhere for Shida! Kris adds a BOOT, then drags Sakura up to an Electric Chair.
Bea returns to try and save Sakura, but Shida gets her with a Falcon Arrow! Kris gives Sakura the Electric FACEBUSTER! And follows up with a SCISSORS KICK! Cover, TWO!?! Sakura survives but Kris vows to end it! Kris scoops and spins, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover but Bea breaks it! Bea clubs away on Kris as Sakura gets to safety. Kris ROUNDHOUSES! Bea flounders into the ref, Sakura uses her mic stand to CLOBBER Kris! Bea has Kris up, SAIDO! Sakura La Magistrol, Sakura and Priestly win!!
Winners: Emi Sakura & Bea Priestly, Sakura by pinfall
Shida protests, she saw that mic stand! But the ref can’t call what he doesn’t see. Does this change the power rankings enough to change Riho’s match card?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“Months ago, I declared war on anybody in AEW that wanted to stand in my way.” That hasn’t changed. Every obstacle, every setback, every new scar, Moxley continues to push forward, “blazing a trail to the top of the hill.” Moxley is napalm death. Many look over their shoulders, say their prayers and hope the inevitable never comes, but is there anyone else out there that wants to get Moxley before Moxley gets them? Someone who has a death wish. “This is a call to arms to anybody who wants to step up and be hero. Be a hero! Or get seriously, seriously hurt trying.” Moxley keeps that open challenge open, who answers his call?
Cody VS Matt Knicks!
The American Nightmare returns! Betrayal of a best friend and a beat down by a brute isn’t enough to break him, but will he be able to get back on track after busting open his face?
The bell rings and Cody shakes Knicks’ hand to show this is respectful. The two tie up, go around but break. Cody and Knicks tie up again, Cody trips Knicks up. Knicks gets up and ties up with Cody again. Cody headlocks but Knicks powers him to a corner. The ref counts and Knicks backs off, to kick low! So much for respect. Cody kicks back and hits the Rhodes Uppercut! Then the springboard CUTTER! Fans fire up with Cody as he fires up and takes off the weight belt! He tosses it to the fans! And then puts on a FIGURE FOUR! Knicks endures, but taps! Cody wins!
Winner: Cody, by submission
The American Nightmare feels great getting back in the ring, but he wants to speak. He gets a mic, and calls out MJF! “We don’t have to wait. Let’s do this right here, let’s do this right now!” Wait, what the hell is that coming out from under the ring!? Off comes the mask, and it’s The Blade, Andy Williams! He attacks Cody, but why!? And who is that following him? The Butcher, Braxton Sutter! Sutter suplexes Cody to combine with Williams’ BACKSTABBER! Fans boo The Butcher and The Blade, but why are they after the American Nightmare? Who is this emerging next?! Allie as The Bunny has brought two dark and dangerous men to AEW, but to what end?
AEW is picture in picture as Cody gets medical attention.
He’s already got the stitches in his eyes, and his ribs can’t bad ribs can’t be all that much better. Will he have a new threat to worry about before even considering MJF?
Kenny Omega VS PAC!
The Best Bout Machine was bested by The Bastard the last time AEW was in Chicago, so that is a loss he is looking to redeem. Will Omega beat the #1 ranked male in AEW to make big leaps towards the AEW World title?
The bell rings and fans are fired up already! Omega and Pac circle, tie up, and go around to a corner. Pac has Omega on the ropes but the ref calls for the break. Pac lets up, to shove Omega. Omega shoves back, then kicks and headlocks. Pac powers out but Omega runs him over. Omega runs, Pac drops down and then leaps over. Things keep moving, Pac leaps but Omega runs and slides to dropkick a leg out! Omega runs for the Kotaru Krusher, but Pac handsprings through! But Omega just saw this with Jack Evans on AEW Dark, so he full nelsons for a SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Omega drags Pac up, powerbomb lift, BUCKLE BOMB! Then he whips, for a pop-up SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Pac survives that high speed assault and bails out. Omega kneels, the Terminator drums begin, and Omega builds speed. Omega FLIES to take Pac out!
The ref checks on both men, that landing on the ramp slows Omega down but fans rally for “A E DUB!” Omega gets up, puts Pac in, then walks off the leg. But Pac shotgun dropkicks Omega off the apron! The ref starts a ring count but Pac goes out quick to put Omega back in. Pac climbs up but Omega swings. Pac shoulders in, slingshots up and over, but Omega redirects and full nelsons. Pac fights out fast with elbows, but Omega reels him back in for a SNAP DRAGON! Omega goes out to join Pac on the apron, but he wants to suplex Pac off the apron! Pac holds on for dear life, so Omega clubs him on the back. Omega half nelsons, but Pac denies the full. Omega hops down, Pac climbs up, SUPER MOONSAULT! Direct hit wipes them both out again! Fans are all fired up as the two men are down again. A ring count begins as AEW goes picture in picture.
Pac and Omga start to stir, and even sit up. Pac stands first, and gets in at 6. Omega is in after, and both men are in opposite corners. Omega runs in but Pac gets clear, to slingshot CUTTER! Pac sees Omega floundering and heads up top. Pac aims, and hits a missile dropkick! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Pac is furious but he just didn’t see the ropes. Pac stomps Omega while he’s down, putting him in a corner. Pac whips Omega corner to corner hard! Omega grits his teeth in pain, but Pac mockingly applauds. Pac stomps Omega around but Omega hits back with body shots. Pac eggs him on and gives a big knee low. Pac snapmares Omega into a chinlock. Pac grinds Omega down but Omega fights his way up. Omega fights out, then CHOPS. Omega runs, but Pac clobbers him down!
Pac seethes as he looms over Omega. He gives toying kicks but gets meaner with them as AEW returns to single picture. Omega hits back, but Pac still toys with him. Omega fights back from below but Pac throws a forearm. Omega throws one back, but so does Pac. They go back and forth, faster and faster, fans on Omega’s side! Pac gets an edge, then watches Omega wobble. Pac eggs Omega on, Omega BOOTS Pac into a corner! Omega goes to the far corner and waits for Pac to stand. Pac dodges once but the Polish hammer comes back around! And again! Pac kicks first but runs into a third Polish hammer! Cover, TWO! Omega drags Pac up, fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Omega keeps his focus as he brings Pac back up. Omega wrenches, CHOPS, and then brings Pac around for another CHOP.
Omega fireman’s carries, “You Can’t Escape!” But Pac does escape to shove Omega to a corner. Omega hits back with an elbow but walks into a boot! Pac runs into a boot, but then SUPERKICKS back! Omega wobbles again, Pac runs, but Omega boots to V-TRIGGER! Omega runs, Pac follows to LARIAT! Both men are down and fans are fired up! Omega stirs as fans rally up behind him. Pac stalks him to a corner to put him on the top rope. Pac climbs up, brings Omega all the way up, SUPER FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Omega still lives! Pac is furious, but he drags Omega into the drop zone. Pac climbs up again as fans say “This is Awesome!” Pac aims, BLACK ARROW FLOPS! Omega got clear, and now he comes back with a V-TRIGGER! Electric Chair, the fold, but Pac slips out. Omega wrenches out, crucifix pin, TWO! But Omega keeps with it and rolls Pac back down, hooking a leg! Omega wins!!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall
The Cleaner finds the key to beating The Bastard! The #1 contender has another loss on his record, and Omega surely has to be moving up! With the AEW World Championship on the line tonight, who is first to be the next challenger?
Dynamite Dozen Finals, Diamond Ring Match: Hangman Page VS MJF w/ Wardlow!
After a wild battle royal, it was the Problem Solver and the Salt of the Earth were the last two standing. They now fight for a 45 THOUSAND dollar ring (I think the value went up since last week), “the most expensive ring in all of professional sports.” MJF doesn’t think that ring belongs on the finger of some “white trash inbred hick from Virginia,” but it does belong on the finger of somebody who is better than us, and we know it. This diamond ring match is set to become an annual tradition, but will the inaugural ring bearer be the Casino Battle Royal winner, or Maxwell Jacob Friedman?
The bell rings, and fans chant “Cowboy Shit! Cowboy Shit!” MJF doesn’t get it, until Hangman clobbers him! Hangman throws haymakers and CHOPS, but MJF bails out fast. Hangman runs but Wardlow stands in his way. Fans boo the living wall getting involved, but Hangman goes out to get in his face. MJF tries to sucker punch Page but Page is ready to punch first! Hangman stalks MJF and clotheslines him into the crowd! Hangman then drags MJF back up to hip toss onto the ground! Hangman stomps MJF around then puts him in the ring. Hangman glares at Wardlow as AEW goes picture in picture.
Hangman takes aim at MJF, but Wardlow creeps close. Hangman swipes at him, but MJF hotshots the arm! MJF then distracts the ref so that Wardlow can hammerlock and ram Hangman into a post! Wardlow puts Hangman in before MJF is done faking a bad eye. MJF wraps the arm on a rope and pulls. The ref reprimands and counts but MJF lets up to then kick the rope. The rope jams Hangman’s arm and MJF stands like he’s already won. MJF wrenches and whips Hangman corner to corner, even wringing him out before hitting buckles! Cover, TWO! MJF is annoyed but Hangman kicks back. MJF kicks him to wrench and elbow the elbow. AEW goes to break as MJF puts Hangman back in the corner.
AEW returns as MJF soaks up the heat. MJF runs in but Hangman dodges, then CHOPS MJF! Hangman haymakers, CHOPS and whips, but MJF holds ropes to yank the bad arm. MJF runs but into both of Hangman’s arms! Fall Away Slam! Hangman kips up to clotheslines MJF out, then DIVES! Top Suicida rams MJF into barriers, but Hangman climbs up top. Fans fire up as Hangman hits the SUPER MOONSAULT! Hangman gets MJF back in the ring and fans fire up more. Hangman throws off his arm bands, takes aim, but MJF uses the ref as a shield! Hangman gets in and moves the ref aside, but he saw the kick coming! Hangman flips MJF but MJF lands on his feet! And pokes Hangman in the eye! MJF runs but Hangman DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! MJF survives and Hangman grows frustrated. MJF puts Hangman on the apron and kicks him on the return!
MJF has Hangnan stuck in the ropes but Hangman tosses him off! Slingshot, BUCKSHOT! MJF flounders away, Hangman covers, Wardlow helps MJF get the ropebreak! Fans boo but the referee can’t be sure what happened. Wardlow claims he had nothing to do it. Hangman knows it was Wardlow, though, and so he goes right at him. But with MJF exaggerating injury again, the ref doesn’t see Wardlow’s punch! Hangman is draped on the ropes, MJF reels him in, dragon sleeper and, CROSS RHODES! Cover, MJF wins!!
Winner: MJF, by pinfall; wins the Dynamite Diamond Ring
MJF adds insult to injury by stealing Cody’s move to win! Wardlow helps MJF with his scarf, and the diamond ring is brought out, by Diamond Dallas Page! DDP grabs a mic and asks Chicago if they’re ready. “It’s me, it’s me, it’s DDP.” And he presents the very first AEW Dynamite Diamond Ring to Maxwell Jacob Friedman. DDP has the box, opens it up, and MJF takes it out. Fans call MJF a very different name as he puts the ring on his pinkie and gives it a kiss.
But DDP tells Maxwell that “some of your actions are very, very disappointing.” But Maxwell is the winner. Since DDP is a bigger man, he will congratulate MFJ like a man. He offers a handshake, MJF puts his gum in DDP’s hand instead. Seriously? Seriously. DDP yanks MJF around to face him, but Wardlow steps in as MJF’s muscle. DDP tells the “big man” to step off. Wardlow would look a bit stupid when a 63-year-old man kicks his ass all over Chicago! The fight is on but referees and security hurry to stop it! MJF gets his shots in, too! Security keeps MJF and Wardlow back, and the ring winner gets away with his bodyguard. Will this Dynamite Diamond Ring lead MJF to bigger and better things?
Dustin Rhodes is here!
The Natural still has a cast on that arm, but he’s feeling good enough to be in Chicago! He stands with interview correspondent, Jenn Decker, and she asks about the confrontation with the Inner Circle. Dustin says Jake Hager broke his arm, but he will be coming for blood. “You are not the same man you used to be. You are not this.” That is to say, #WeThePeople. But instead of Hager coming out to respond, it’s Sammy Guevara! Dustin goes after Sammy, then has to worry about Santana and Ortiz! Spinning pwoerslam for Sammy, but Santana tackles Dustin down! The Inner Circle have 3v1 on Dustin, but here come the YOUNG BUCKS! Matt Jackson returns to double clothesline! Nick enters, and the Bucks SUPERKICK Proud ‘n’ Powerful! Sammy enziguris each Buck, then knees Dustin! Sammy runs, into SUPERKICKS and BOOT!
The Elite take the Inner Circle to the corners and make sure each man is wide open. Fans are fired up, TRIPLE SHATTERED DREAMS! Dustin and the Bucks stand tall, but just how much more intense will this faction warfare get?
The Dark Order has another message.
Stop losing, and start winning. #JoinDarkOrder. The man with glasses from before finds the Dark Order’s place of meeting. “Who are you?” “We are one.” Again! “We are one!” Your friends will doubt your progress. They will say no to this. Why? Because society has failed. Because your friends have failed. Because your families have failed. But the Dark Order will never fail you. You can reach a potential you never thought possible. Just like the First Pupil, Stu Grayson. He became great because he heard the teachings. The Dark Order is all powerful. The Dark Order can be anyone or anything. From a politician to a teacher to the person who cares for your family. They are everyone, everything, and one. The people become Creepers. Are you ready to play? Are you ready to #JoinDarkOrder?
AEW World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Scorpio Sky!
All it took was a victory in tag team action for SoCal Uncensored’s Closer to get a huge pinfall off Le Champion! With no teammates or faction members allowed ringside, can Scorpio get the fair shake he deserves? Or will Y2J still have reason to sip A Little Bit of the Bubbly tonight?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Aubrey Edwards officiates this Thanksgiving eve main event!
The bell rings and Scorpio stares down with Jericho. They circle as fans rally up. Jericho and Scorpio covers, Jericho arm-drags and flexes. Scorpio is annoyed but he keeps his cool. Jericho and Scorpio circle again but Jericho backs off as fans chant, “Stupid Idiot!” Scorpio and Jericho tie up and Jericho headlocks. Scorpio fights out but Jericho runs him over. Jericho runs, Scorpio gets up but Jericho runs him over again. Things speed up again, and Scorpio dropkicks Jericho, then clotheslines him out! Fans rally as Scorpio slingshots. He lands on his feet when Jericho evades, and dropkicks him again! Scorpio drags Jericho up and into the ring, then slingshots in to shoulder. Then he slingshots up and over, sunset flip! Cover, TWO! Scorpio elbows Jericho down and fans fire up.
Scorpio scrapes his boots on Jericho’s face, then brings him up to whip into a corner. Jericho puts Scorpio on the apron and Scorpio hits back. Scorpio bumps Jericho on buckles, then slingshots in to headcissor. Jericho denies that, and triangle dropkicks Scorpio down! Le Champion already celebrates while we go picture in picture.
Jericho lets Scorpio stay outside a moment while he soaks up all the cheers and jeers. But then Jericho flips off the fans, getting nothing but jeers. Jericho brings Scorpio up to CHOP down! He then throws Scorpio into steel steps! Jericho goes back to the ring while the referee checks on Scorpio. Jericho has Scorpio stuck under the railing, to guillotine catapult! Scorpio sputters, and Jericho spots Scorpio’s date, Melanie Parsons. She’s obviously concerned as Jericho puts Scorpio in the ring. Jericho gets in and stomps Scorpio around while soaking up the heat. Jericho drags Scorpio up for hammering fists into his forehead, then basement dropkicks him over! Cover, TWO! Jericho keeps his cool as he brings Scorpio up. Scorpio blocks the suplex, so Jericho throws body shots. Scorpio still blocks, Jericho clubs him more, but Scorpio hits back.
AEW returns to single picture as Scorpio suplexes Jericho! Both men are down but fans rally for Scorpio. Scorpio and Jericho stand, and Jericho CHOPS Scorpio away. Jericho forearms then whips, but Scorpio reverses to a neckbreaker! Scorpio is too tired to make a cover, but fans rally up. Scorpio and Jericho stand, and Scorpio fires off. Scorpio whips, Jericho reverses, but Scorpio Thesz Presses for fast hands! Jericho gets away but Scorpio kicks, whips and dropkicks! Fans fire up for Scorpio as he fireman’s carries. Jericho sips out, shoves, but runs into an elbow. Scorpio slingshots, CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Scorpio keeps his cool. Scorpio CHOPS in the corner, then throws forearms. He whips Jericho corner to corner, but Jericho reverses. Jericho runs into a boot, Scorpio hops up and leaps, but Jericho blocks the dropkick to get the legs! Jericho works to turn Scorpio over, WALLS OF JERICHO!
Scorpio endures as Jericho sits deep! Scorpio fights, crawls, reaches, ropebreak! Jericho holds on until 4 then argues with Aubrey. Fans boo but Aubrey gives Jericho the business. Jericho runs at Scorpio, misses, but gets a CUTTER! Into the Dragon Sleeper Clutch! But here comes Jake Hager! He’s not supposed to be out here! Scorpio forearms Hager off the apron, Jericho rolls Scorpio! TWO, and double LARIATS take both men down! Aubrey checks on both men but they’re okay to continue. Hager scowls but Aubrey tells him to stay back. Hager gets on the apron again, shouting at Scorpio. But Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels go after him! The Addiction fights Big Hurt, but Jericho has the AEW belt! Scorpio sees it coming, catches Jericho, TKO!! Cover, TWO!?! Y2J survives the TKO and Scorpio can’t believe it!
Aubrey gets the belt back out as Chicago rallies up for Scorpio. Scorpio feels the energy building and fires off strikes! He whips Jericho, runs in, but Jericho boots. Jericho hops up, but Scorpio leaps, SUPER STEINER! Enziguri! Cover, TWO!! Jericho still lives but Scorpio keeps on him. Jericho denies the cutter this time and shoves, but Scorpio goes up and leaps, into a CODE BREAKER! Jericho has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives and shocks Jericho! Jericho clubs away on Scorpio but Chicago knows “This is Awesome!” Jericho aims from the corner as Scorpio stirs. Jericho runs in, but no Judas Effect! Backslide counter, TWO!! So close again! Jericho ducks a kick, and grabs the enziguri, to drag Scorpio back into the Walls of Jericho! Jericho sits deep, and Scorpio can’t hold out! Scorpio taps, Jericho wins!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by submission; still AEW World Champion
The Lion Tamer tames Scorpio, but he feels compelled to teach Scorpio a lesson for pushing him this far. The Walls are put back on! But here comes MOXLEY!! The Death Rider enters from the bleachers, and Jericho sees him glaring menacingly. Fans are fired up and Jericho holds up the title. Jericho dares Moxley to do something, and Moxley starts making his way further down towards ringside. But the sparks don’t fly just yet. When and where will these two wild cards collide?
Another great episode! It made a lot of sense to open with the “celebrashon,” and it was just rich with that same great Jericho style comedy. And it is awesome that A Little Bit of the Bubbly is now an AEW product. Getting the Father of Jericho in on the act was great, and it was great to have SCU in disguise as members of the marching band. Daniels seems to be a master of disguise. Just about everything in the AEW World Championship match was great. I wish they’d played up Scorpio have his date ringside, but perhaps they were worried about TV time and skipped it. And while there was a ringside band on corner men, of course Hager was going to defy that. We all figured Scorpio wasn’t winning, but he still looked amazing, as we also figured. Moxley giving his open challenge yet staking his claim showing up at the end of the show seems a bit contradictory, but given how AEW plans to use rankings and wins, perhaps this is Moxley reminding Jericho that he’s still around.
Best Friends VS Lucha Brothers was a great match, Orange Cassidy was pretty hilarious as a turkey, and I’m a bit surprised to see Best Friends win. Trent beat Pentagon, Fenix beat Nick Jackson, and now those two face each other next week in what will surely be another incredible match. The women’s tag was pretty great, AEW is going strong with these match types in particular. It is actually good booking for Sakura and Priestly to find a way to sneak a win, but also not pinning Shida but Statlander. Shida might still be #1 contender but she’ll likely need another win before she faces Riho for the title. Omega VS Pac was a great rematch, and naturally, Omega makes up for the All Out loss. This might hurt Pac’s #1 ranking, but I still feel Omega needs something more before facing Jericho.
The Dark Order had a great vignette, really selling how creepy they’re really meant to be. The Dustin Rhodes segment was good for keeping his grudge with Hager going, but I’m glad we’re going to get a Six Man out of that brawl. That is going to be a great match. MJF VS Hangman was also a great match, even with Wardlow getting involved at times. MJF keeps things going with Cody by stealing the Cross Rhodes, but DDP might even be added to the mix to counter Wardlow for Cody. I’m still curious as to the purpose of the Dynamite Diamond Ring but maybe that comes up later. Cody of course gets a squash match for his return, and keeps things alive with MJF in his promo, but I feel we came across a moment where mingling stories gets messy.
Allie going Heel while bringing in Braxton “The Butcher” Sutter (her IRL husband) and tag partner Andy “The Blade” Williams during Cody’s moment was a great surprise, but to what end? If it was one new wrestler, it would’ve made sense to say they were MJF’s newest muscle. But a new trio popping out just because just seems off to me. If they’d done this to a tag team, or to a wrestler not already attached to some other story, maybe it works better. Just not sure about this here.
My Score: 9/10