AEW Dynamite Grand Slam featured five title matches and it started with an unexpected title change.
The September 21 show at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City opened with Claudio Castagnoli defending his ROH world title against Chris Jericho. The announcement team reminded us at the start that Castagnoli personifies the Ring of Honor and that Jericho was pursuing his eighth different World Championships.
We should probably have seen this coming.
In terms of quality, the match delivered a good result (Jericho’s singles matches with Blackpool Combat Club have brought out the best in him). Both men showed off and survived big moves.
But despite adhering to the code of honor at the start, Le Champeon was not honorable. He tried to use his bat to Floyd’s advantage, but was thwarted by both Claudio and referee Aubrey Edwards…
But when the Swiss Superman had to pull up to avoid colliding with Edwards after a fall from the rear, Jericho had another gap. A low-blow set up Judas Effect, and he won the belt he’s already nicknamed “Ocho”.
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Get full results and coverage of everything tonight Dynamite Grand Slam here.