Chris Jericho vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Jericho came out with the AEW World Championship and was announced as such. We even got a reminder that if Tanahashi is able to win, he will be given a future championship match. Jericho is intent on making sure that doesn’t happen, slamming his face into the barricade early on right before delivering a neckbreaker through one of the commentary tables. There is a problem with the in-arena audio on FITE, so with commentary taken out it’s just a completely silent feed. Jericho continues beating up his opponent in total silence for several minutes.
Eventually Jericho finds his way to the top rope, as he strikes a pose and plays a little air guitar, mocking his opponent. He tries for a big splash but ends up crashing and burning. Tanahashi hits the Slingblade and tries for a corner splash, but accidentally takes out the referee. This allows Jericho to kick him in the balls, just as the sound for both the arena and commentary came back. With the ref down, the champ removed his leather belt and began to whip Tanahshi with it, over and over again.
Tanahashi does something a bit out of the ordinary for him, giving Jericho a taste of his own medicine with a low blow. He threw his opponent over the ropes to the outside and began to climb, connecting with the big match High Fly Flow all the way down to the floor! Jericho takes his time and barely makes the 20-count. He goes for a Codebreaker but Tanahashi catches him and hits not one, but three Dragon Screws. Up to the top for the High Fly Flow, but he runs into a pair of knees. This time the Lionsault hits, but it’s not enough.
Heading into the home stretch, Jericho blocked a Slingblade and locked in the Walls of Jericho. They teased the submission for several minutes before Tanahashi finally struggled to the ropes. Again he went for the High Fly Flow, but Jericho caught him with a Codebreaker out of the air. Tanahashi hit a Codebreaker of his own out of nowhere, Jericho countered into the Liontamer, but the Ace rolled him up for a close inside cradle. He hit Twist & Shout, one more Slingblade, but it wasn’t enough. Jericho blocked yet another top rope dive, locked in the Walls, and this time Tanahashi tapped out.
Winner: Chris Jericho
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