AEW World Championship Match: Jon Moxley vs. Chris Jericho
Now for the main event. The culmination of months of television on AEW Dynamite. Moxley entered from the street through the crowd to a thunderous ovation. Jericho had a choir of singers serenade everyone with a fantastic rendition of “Judas”. Jericho had the same jacket on that he wore when he took out Moxley’s eye. The match spilled out into the crowd immediately. Moxley bit and clawed at the stitches on Jericho’s face. Jericho responded by going after the injured eye of Moxley again. After making it back into the ringside area, Jericho powerbombed Moxley through the timekeeper’s table.
Jericho grabbed a mic declared himself the winner of the match already. Moxley stirred and made his way back into the ring. His eye was still hampering him. Jericho tried to apply the Liontamer but Moxley fought out of it into a heel lock. Santana and Ortiz would make their presence known by distracting the ref and nailing Moxley with a loaded sock (A sock with a water bottle or something in it). Jericho hit the Lionsault for a Moxley kickout at two. Jericho tried twice to lock Moxley in the Walls of Jericho, but was countered both times. Moxley then locked in the Walls of Jericho, and the crowd erupted for the stolen finisher.
More Interference and the Finale
Hager showed up to cause a break in the submission. The distraction gave Jericho an opening to lock in the Walls. Moxley barely made it back to the rope while Santana and Ortiz talked smack outside the ring. Referee Aubrey Edwards finally wizened up about the interference and threw Hager, Ortiz, and Santana out from ringside to a huge pop. This let Sammy Guevara interfere and nail Moxley with the AEW title belt. Moxley barely kicked out. Jericho was frustrated and started wailing on Moxley. He raked Moxley’s good eye, leaving him blind in both.
Jericho went for the Judas Effect after hitting Moxley with a knee. Mox dodged the attack and hit Jericho with a weak Paradigm Shift. In the moment of the match, Moxley took off his eyepatch, revealing he could see the entire time. The crowd EXPLODED for this moment. Blood caked on Moxley’s face, it was an all-time, hype package, Hall-of-Fame moment. Another lifted Paradigm Shift from Moxley led to a momentous victory.
AEW: Revolution Grade: A+
Moxley took everything that Jericho and the Inner Circle could throw at him. The moment of him taking the eyepatch off will be an all-time classic one. This match was every bit of storytelling that one would want from wrestling. Moxley showed that he was the resilient, crazed, bloody, rebel that fans want out of their heroes in wrestling today. The match was a throwback to the Stone Cold main events of the 90’s. Jericho played his part to a “T”. Moxley was the right choice to overthrow Jericho’s opening reign.