AEW Dynamite Results and Grades: 30 Years of Jericho

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Jon Moxley cut an amazing promo about the AEW Anniversary and his match with Lance Archer. Moxley said he was going to leave everything in the ring and that he’d have to unstrap the belt from Moxley’s dead body to get it. Moxley then said, “Well, as you always say Lance, everybody dies.” Fantastic promo from Moxley.

The Chaos Project (Luther & Serpentico) vs. The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho & Jake Hager)

Serpentico started the match with Jericho, hitting a series of head scissors takedowns. Jericho called for Luther to come in, and the old rivals faced off in the middle of the ring. Both men exchanged chops, and Luther hit a big boot and then a clothesline on Jericho. Serpentico hit a sling shot double stomp on Jericho before tagging back out to Luther.

Jericho dropped Luther and then hit the Lionsault to a huge pop from the crowd. Hager came in and started to brawl with Luther, hitting a big belly to belly suplex. Hager went for the Vader bomb, but Luther got the feet up and then began to slam Serpentico on Hager for a 2 count. Serpentico went for a diving crossbody on Hanger, but Hager caught him and slammed him down to the mat before tagging out to Jericho.

Jericho hit a stalling vertical suplex on Serpentico to a massive reaction from the crowd. Serpentico countered a back body drop with a DDT on Jericho. Luther then came in and clotheslined Jericho over the top rope. Luther then tossed Serpentico over the top rope onto everyone, and then hit a flipping dive off the top rope onto everyone again.

Luther hit the King Kong knee drop on Jericho for a 2 count. Jericho went for a springboard dropkick, but Luther countered with a strike and then hit a face crusher off the top rope. Luther hit a German suplex on Jericho and rolled through, and picked Jericho up. Serpentico hit a diving Meteora. The referee got distracted and the Inner Circle threw a bat to Jericho, but Luther caught it and hit Jericho for a 2 count. The ref got distracted again, and Luther knocked Sammy Guevara off the apron. Luther turned around and Jericho nailed Luther with a Judas Effect for the pinfall.

Result: Chris Jericho & Jake Hager

Rating **1/2 (2.5 stars)

This was a perfectly fine main event that was clearly designed to highlight Jericho on his 30th anniversary.

Jericho then grabbed a mic to thank the fans, starting the slow burn to his babyface turn, and MJF’s music hit. MJF came out and said that he had a present for Jericho. Wardlow pulled a sheet of the present and it was “Clownico” who was holding another gift. MJF said he had a huge announcement for next week and he wanted Jericho there before Jericho opened the gift.

Jericho opened the gift and it was a picture of MJF. Jericho slammed the picture over the clown’s head, said that he hated clowns, and threatened MJF before laughing. MJF said, “You almost got me there!” The show closed with Jericho celebrating with all the heels. This was a good closing segment, and the slow build to Jericho’s turn is going to be great.

Final Thoughts

This was a very good episode of AEW Dynamite that featured an absolute war between Cody and Brodie Lee, and a great build to Jericho’s 30 Year Celebration for the end of the show. The final tag match was not a blow away match, but as they were celebrating the career of Jericho, I understand why it came last on the show.

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With that being said, if you watch one thing from this show, make it the Dog Collar match between Cody and Brodie Lee. AEW, again, is consistently one of the better wrestling shows on TV with consistent build and storytelling, leaving us with just enough of a teaser for the next week and the future to keep us tuning in.