This week's AEW Dynamite served as the special 30-year anniversary celebration of Chris Jericho's professional wrestling debut. Throughout the show various celebrities and fellow wrestlers congratulated "Le Champion" on his accomplishments, starting with a video package at the beginning of the show by members of the roster. As the show progressed more video messages for the former world champion flashed on the screen from people like guitarist Slash, comedian Dennis Miller, Ted Irvine (Jericho's father), Bully Ray and New Japan's Hiroshi Tanahashi.
It's worth noting Tanahashi is the first full-time member of the New Japan roster to appear on AEW programming, especially since president Harold Meij's announced departure has fans hoping that a new partnership between the two companies is on the way.
The celebrities are out and about and sending their messages of respect to the man who has entertained for 30 years, @IAmJericho.#AEWDynamite is available on https://t.co/h417vbFQL6 in select international markets on #FITE pic.twitter.com/cHUlm1qeKa— FITE (@FiteTV) October 8, 2020
Other stars who appeared included Shaquille O'Neal, Gene Simmons, Don Callis, Diamond Dallas Page, Lance Storm, Kevin Smith, Eli Roth, Gabriel Igelsias, Chavo Guerrero, Steel Panther, Ultimo Dragon and Paul Stanley.
Dynamite closed out with Jericho and Jake Hager defeating Chaos Project in a tag team match. He then celebrated with the crowd and The Inner Circle before MJF came out with a gift — a clown holding a picture of himself. Jericho smashed the photo over the clown's head, but then laughed off the whole thing with Friedman as the rest of the heel locker room came down to the ring.
AEW will celebrate the one-year anniversary of Dynamite next week. Check out the full card for the show (so far) below:
- AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley vs. Lance Archer
- AEW TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes vs. Orange Cassidy
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: FTR vs. The Best Friends
- Miro & Kip Sabian vs. TBA
- MJF's "Career-Defining Announcement"