A battle between Chris Jericho and Bryan Danielson has been building for months and months leading up to AEW All out Sunday evening. The two took part in the ongoing rivalry between the Jericho Appreciation Society and the Blackpool Combat Club, which saw Danielson rendered unconscious at Double or Nothing earlier this year. As the factions stopped warring on each other, Jericho and Danielson continued their feud, both serving as mentors to young star Daniel Garcia. This individual quarrel reached its climax at All outputting the two ring legends face to face in the ring.
To the surprise of many, Jericho won for his Jericho Appreciation Society. Daniel Garcia, watching from the back, didn’t seem too impressed, however.
After defeating Daniel Garcia and Jake Hager, Danielson took up Jericho’s challenge, telling him he was a better technical wrestler than the self-proclaimed sports artist. Bringing up the Hart family names certainly got Jericho excited before the game, which led to him continuing to use the Lionheart moniker. Elliott Taylor, who performs Danielson’s theme song, came to sing it live and introduce Danielson to the ring.
As expected, the match started with some brutal striking and a lot of grappling. The two came out to show off their technical wrestling prowess and it was on full display. To prove a point, Danielson put Jericho in a lock and asked the crowd, “Do you want entertainment?!” He danced and mocked Jericho, who lit a fire under his competitor. Jericho slapped Danielson across the face several times, though he only managed to irritate his rival.
An attempted move over Danielson’s top rope was blocked by Jericho, who turned it into Jericho’s Walls. Danielson finally rolled and double-counted. Both contestants attempted high flying moves, but both were countered. Every step of the match turned out to be as technical as fans probably expected. It seemed for a moment that Jericho might have ended with the Lion Tamer, but Danielson used the ropes to escape. Danielseon returned the favor with another submission hold, and Jericho reacted the same way, bursting with the ropes. A low kick and Judas effect finally sealed the deal for Jericho, allowing him to get the pin.
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