Last week on “AEW Dynamite” we saw the semi-finals of the Tournament of Champions. Jon Moxley began the show by defeating Sammy Guevara, with Brian Danielson defeating Chris Jericho in the main event. This will bring the two men to a long-awaited rematch during the Grand Slam edition of “Dynamite” at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City.
Chris Jericho was left without a match at the Grand Slam after losing to Danielson. It won’t be for long, though, as The leader of the Jericho Appreciation Society set his eyes on a different world championship.
This week on “Rampage” Ring of Honor World Champion Claudio Castagnoli stepped into the ring to publicize the match between Moxley and Danielson as all three members are part of Blackpool Combat Club. Chris Jericho, who was on the “Rampage” commentary team, interrupted Castagnoli, and after downplaying the fact that he has won world championships in AEW, WWE and WCW, he pointed out that he did not hold a world championship. Well, that’s the ROH World Championship.
Jericho issued a challenge to Castagnoli, saying, “Seven [world championships] Not enough, I’m going for ‘ocho’!”
Castagnoli accepted the challenge, making the match official for the Grand Slam edition of “Dynamite” the following Wednesday. Castagnoli won the ROH World Title by defeating Jonathan Gresham in Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonored pay-per-view. He has since gone on to successfully defend the title against a handful of opponents including Konosuke Takeshita, Dustin Rhodes, Ari Daivari, and most recently, Dax Harwood of Ring of Honor, AAA World, and IWGP Tag Team Champions, FTR . ,