AEW Rampage: Chris Jericho challenges Wheeler Yuta


On AEW Rampage, Claudio Castagnoli came out to address the fans for the first time since winning the ROH World Championship. Flanked by William Regal, he thanked the fans in various languages.

He said that someone else had a good night at Death Before Dishonor. ROH Pure Champion Wheeler Yuta came down to the ring. Yuta successfully defended his title against Jericho Appreciation Society member, Daniel Garcia.

Jericho was complaining on commentary about how he had to listen to Yuta being praised. Before he could even say a word, Jericho came to the top of the ramp to whine about the champs getting showered with adoration. Yuta yelled for Jericho to shut up and reminded him that the wrestler beat the Sports Entertainer last weekend. “Young Wheeler” declared he could beat Jericho.

This led to a back and forth with “The Wizard” agreeing to a match next week on Dynamite. Yuta responded with “Nah”. He said he didn’t need to wrestle him because he knows he can beat Jericho. An incensed Jericho put his interim AEW World Championship match on the line. If Yuta beats Jericho, he will face his Blackpool Combat Club cohort for the title at the inaugural Quake By the Lake in two weeks.

Yuta goaded Jericho into exactly what he wanted. After the challenge was laid out, Yuta turned to Castagnoli and Regal and said, “that was easy!” Beating AEW’s inaugural World Championship would be huge for Yuta. It would set up Mox vs. Yuta 4. That’s a matchup that fans have already been clamoring for. Getting an interim World Championship shot is already a big deal, but to have it against one of his mentors makes it that much sweeter.

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On the other hand, Mox made an impassioned plea to face “Lionheart” Jericho, the “Last Student of Stu Hart’s Dungeon”. He doesn’t want to face the Sports Entertainer (who Wheeler will likely get next week). Jericho is itching to be the first-ever two-time “Le Champion”. He also doesn’t want to get embarrassed by Yuta.

While Yuta should beat Jericho, it likely won’t happen right now. All of the Blackpool Combat Club (save for Bryan Danielson) have a title. Jericho Appreciation Society has none. Jericho will do everything to get a shot at bringing a title to his stable. We already saw Jake Hager assist Garcia in beating Danielson. He and the rest of JAS will definitely try to help their leader get a title shot.