Welcome to the first part of the AEW Grand Slam report, a special episode of Dynamite that has become an annual tradition, as always scheduled from Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. Lots of meat on the fire and many, but many surprises.
Fasten your seat belts, let's go! ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli vs Chris Jericho The episode opens with a match valid for the maximum title of the ROH: Ian Riccaboni joins the commentary table together with Taz, Excalibur and Tony Schiavone.
Reluctantly at first, Jericho shakes the Swiss's hand, adhering to the Code of Honor. There is a lot of alchemy between the two and a great match emerges. Castagnoli comes close to winning several times, pulling his best repertoire out of the hat, but Jericho's cunning prevails: taking advantage of a referee distraction, he hits the Swiss with a low blow and knocks him out with Judas Effect!
1,2,3, AMAZING IN NEW YORK !! Chris Jericho becomes ROH World Champion for the first time in his career, taking home the eighth world title ever (the ocho, as he defined in recent weeks). Delirious fans and allies of the Jericho Appreciation Society join their leader on stage, celebrating his victory.
Claudio Castagnoli vs. Chris Jericho
The world title match between Claudio Castagnoli and Chris Jericho felt like a legitimate prize fight. Among them was ROH Pure Champion Daniel Garcia, who gave him a high five but very reluctantly.
AEW World Tag Team Championship: The Acclaimed vs Swerve in Our Glory Second match of the evening and second, great surprise. Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland come very close to keeping the belts, but Acclaimed have Billy Gunn on their side.
The Hall of Famer knocks out Swerve with the Fame Asser out of the ring, allowing the Acclaimed to perform a combined maneuver and take home victory. Anthony Bowens and Max Caster are the new AEW duo champions !!! Incredible ovation for the Acclaimed who celebrate this great result with lots of confetti raining from the sky.
Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland, however, leave the ring visibly disappointed by the incident. The ROH World Championship will now sit on the shoulders of someone who has previously held gold in WCW and WWE, solidifying the belt as a prize to be desired.
Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Matt DiMartino A fairly simple victory for the former member of Team Taz thanks to a spinebuster. He takes the microphone and reminds everyone that he defeated Ricky Starks at All Out in under five minutes.
The time has come for him to move on. The former FTW Champion appears in the crowd and enters the ring attacking Hobbs and knocking him down after hitting him with a microphone.