AEW World Championship: Chris Jericho(c) vs. Cody
The match with the most buildup leading to the event featured Jericho and Cody in the culmination of the highly-intense and heated rivalry. Cody started out the match on top, but his aspirations came crashing down when he landed face-first onto the steel ramp.
A bloodied Cody tried to overcome Le Champion, but Jericho used his vast experience to keep the upper hand. Cody tried to work his way back into the match with a springboard Diamond Cutter.
Jericho’s mate Jake Hager was sent to the back by the referee, during which Y2J took advantage and hit Cody with the title for a 2 count. Cody delivered a Cross Rhodes and a Bionic Elbow, while Jericho hit the Codebreaker for a 2 count.
Jericho whipped his belt on Cody’s back and proceeded to lock him down in the Liontamer. Cody somehow managed to break the hold, but Jericho once again applied the submission move, stretching the challenger’s back to a great extent.
MJF threw in the towel out of mercy for his mentor, and Jericho retained.
Post-match, Jericho celebrated with his Inner Circle buddies. MJF and Cody shared a moment inside the ring, before MJF finally turned heel, laying a low blow to Cody.
Result: Chris Jericho retained over Cody Rhodes
Analysis: While this wasn’t a technical masterpiece or a high-flying adventure, the story told in this match was immense. Cody’s transformation from an undercard superstar to one of the best babyfaces in the wrestling industry has been incredible, and he had his ‘Blood and Guts’ moment during this matchup.
Cody promised to never challenge for the championship again if he lost, and it remains to be seen what happens next for the American Nightmare.