Live from NationWide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. WrestleTix estimates attendance at 3,559. Our hosts are Tony Shiavone, Excalibur, and Taz.
The Jericho Appreciation Society are already in the ring for their Mandatory Meeting. Chris Jericho tries to portray himself as the group's friend, not leader. Daniel Garcia interrupts to complain about all the sacrifices he's made and quits the group with some dancing. Good for him. Jake Hager misses his purple bucket hat, no longer appreciates Jericho, and also quits. Jericho pleads with Anna Jay and Tay Melo to stay, but they tell him off and leave. Angelo Parker loves sports entertainment, but he's gone too. Jericho was Matt Menard's childhood hero and helped bring him to AEW. He never understood why his peers, like Eddie Kingston and Kevin Steen, hated Jericho's guts, but now he understands. This leaves Jericho alone with Sammy Guevara, who knocks the mic from his hand. Sammy resents abandoning title hunts to fight Jericho's battles. If Jericho can get it together, maybe he'll be there for him. Jericho is all alone, so I guess he might as well join Don Callis.
Renee Paquette tries to talk to Jericho, but Don Callis interrupts to apologize for costing him the JAS. Jericho says it's fine and his answer is coming soon.
AEW Tag Team Champions FTR confront the Bucks afterwards and their match for ALL IN is confirmed.
Speaking of ALL IN, the Women's title will be up for grabs in a 4-way match. Toni Storm gets a bye.
AEW World Champion MJF and Adam Cole are still friends, even though they're fighting each other at ALL IN. They go to a trampoline park at Cole's request. Cole is having a blast, but MJF is mad that they're here instead of partying with hot chicks. MJF takes out his anger by heckling kids while destroying them at dodgeball. Cole tries to reason with MJF, when a young girl questions why two grown men are at a trampoline park, they must be nerds. Cole allows MJF to pummel her with a dodgeball. Some might argue that this is too silly for a World title program heading into a stadium show, but I LOLed.
Video recap of The Blackpool Combat Club defeating Best Friends in a very entertaining looking Parking Lot Brawl on Rampage. The BCC don't fear death, death fears them, so Lucha Bros. better watch out.
Renee Paquette chats with Lucha Bros. (with Alex Abrahantes). Alex says the symbol of Death Triangle stands for competition, while the BCC just try to maim and hurt people. I dunno, I've definitely seen Death Triangle try to hurt people in the past, I guess they think we have amnesia.
AEW World Champion MJF and Adam Cole come to the ring for a conversation. MJF is trying to be a good person and puts the midwest over as his favorite part of the country, even though it clearly disgusts him to say it. MJF thinks Cole wants a promo battle, so he says he's so skinny and white that Hulk Hogan would have snorted him in the 80's. Cole pleads for Max to stop and suggests they challenge for the ROH Tag Team Championship. MJF is on board. They're interrupted by Roderick Strong, who is amusingly still sporting a neckbrace. Max is sick of Roddy's jealous ex-girlfriend vibes and orders him to do the white person thing and go home and cry about it while listening to Taylor Swift. Fans chant "Shake it off! Strong whines that Cole was never really his friend and leaves with The Kingdom. This upsets Cole, who angrily shoves MJF. After a tense few moments, they hug it out, and Max suggests that Adam go check on his boy. This angle continues to be awesome episodic television.
Video recap of Ricky Starks whipping Ricky Steamboat on Collision. CM Punk vows revenge.
The BCC continue assaulting Lucha Bros. afterwards. Moxley steals Penta's mask and wears it while flipping off the fans. I'll say it again, I DO NOT WANT TO BOO MOXLEY AND CLAUDIO. STOP TRYING TO MAKE THEM VILLAINS.
Kenny Omega is just now arriving at the arena and has to talk to Alex Marvez. Kenny is going to sit down with Jim Ross to talk about his future and his plans for ALL IN.
The Mogul Embassy come to the ring for a chat. Prince Nana tells the stupid fools in the crowd to shut up. Swerve Strickland gloats about traveling to Nick Wayne's home to put the fear of GAWD into him. AR Fox calls out Darby Allin on behalf of the group. Darby arrives on cue and argues that Fox is to blame for their fallout. Darby brought backup, IT'S STIIIIIIIIIING! The Stinger clears the ring with his baseball bat and manages to land a hit on Swerve. Sting points his bat to the ALL IN sign as if it's Wrestlemania season, so I guess we have a tag team match to look forward to, playa.
The show ends with Shida celebrating and no sign of Chris Jericho giving Don Callis his answer.
Final Thoughts: Overall, a good setup episode that did a lot to increase my excitement for ALL IN. Unfortunately, the main event was very flat, and I'm still baffled by how boring everything involving the BCC is right now. The MJF/Cole saga is carrying Dynamite most weeks, but you can probably find the segment on Youtube by tomorrow morning. You can give this week a pass.
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