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That’s Not Wrestling #15 is the latest episode of That’s Not Wrestling with MJF, Chris Jericho, and AEW news.
That Isn’t Wrestling, No. 15: But that was the correct decision.
MJF, Chris Jericho, and AEW news, among other things!
Welcome to Geeks+Gamers, and thank you for stopping by! I talk about MJF, Chris Jericho, AEW news, and more this week!
A few years ago, the stars seemed to be aligning for a major change in the world of professional wrestling. Everyone was talking about a huge new company with a television contract and “real, sport-based wrestling.” The contemporary wrestling fan’s existence of “eating crap and learning to enjoy the flavor” has finally come to an end. Wasn’t it? Every Thursday, join me here to dissect the acts of the stupid, dangerous, and desperate in pro wrestling… well, in AEW.
A Quick Rundown
The Labors of Jericho came to an end on last night’s AEW Dynamite, enabling Chris Jericho to finally get his hands on that wicked Maxwell Jacob Friedman for all he’s put him through. MJF’s hand was raised when everything was said and done, despite Jericho smacking Max about a bit.
The match/result has two flaws in my opinion. Then there was Jericho’s clumsy “slip-up” that enabled MJF to take advantage and finish the bout; Jericho got 3/4 of the way through delivering his Judas Effect elbow before frozen like a kid playing musical chairs. It would have made more sense if Aubrey “The Mime” Edwards had been alert and intervened vocally. Jericho just made a ridiculous expression and braced himself as if he’d just spat his trousers.
Second, although I applaud MJF for going over, it’s less remarkable when his opponent is already half-dead after wrestling for the fifth week in a row. Sure, stack the deck against Jericho if he’s coming over here, and his triumph will be much the sweeter. This rivalry should have ended a long time ago, and the stench of Jericho’s stale, desperate antics should have blown far away from MJF, but things are looking up… I hope.
I realized I haven’t fully addressed AEW’s abuse of MJF yet, at the risk of commenting too soon about his AEW future. Now seems to be as good a moment as any.
Jericho is to blame.
It all began when Chris Jericho was rehashing past WWE moments (like Austin’s beer truck and face-to-face with Mike Tyson) when he realized he was over his bromance with Kevin Owens. For a year, Jeri-KO was best friends, and everything was leading up to The Festival of Friendship, when Owens would betray Jericho and attempt to put him on the shelf.
The reward for Owen’s Universal Championship was scheduled to come at that year’s WrestleMania. That plan was overwritten by Vince McMahon’s throbber for Bill Goldberg; everything was altered, and Owens lost the title to Goldberg. Despite being the most hyped event of the year, the bout between Jericho and Owens was mostly overlooked. This is something Jericho will never forget.
As bad as the WWE
Unfortunately, this leads us to Le Dinner Debonair, where Jericho would consider admitting MJF into The Inner Circle. There were many AEW die-hards who supported this dish of crap, just like all the other nonsense that this promotion has given us in less than two years. Have you seen it and don’t think it’s as terrible as I make it out to be? Please don’t say I didn’t warn you…
Hello, @TheTonyAwards, we’ve received your most recent submission. #AEWDynamite PURE EXCELLENCE pic.twitter.com/XXr8u8URLh
— October 22, 2020, All Elite Wrestling on TNT (@AEWonTNT)
Regardless of how I feel about this shite, if AEW fans were honest and held it to the same level as WWE, they’d have no option but to acknowledge how bad it was. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens’ journey was imitated and turned into a tribute act; it was phony and rushed, but it gave Jericho’s personal Auto-Tune engineer something to do during the pandemic.
It came as no surprise when MJF turned on Jericho since we all saw it coming a mile away. The Pinnacle, MJF’s group, was created as a result of this, and they immediately began fighting with Jericho’s stable, The Inner Circle. The newly created heel gang of MJF started their rampage by being beaten and having their heads flushed down the toilet. They quickly made the conflict real and intense, assuming that everyone had the attention span of Tony Khan and that they’d forget by next week.
What was the source of that?
The next destination for these guys was War Games Blood & Guts, which took them from swirlies to steel cages. The finale was Jericho’s famed dive into cardboard mayhem, which was as violent and nasty as anticipated. There was nowhere to go, no way to escalate further after the two sides had resolved their differences in this match-to-end-all-feuds, and this had to be the end of the matter, right?
Wrong! That wasn’t the end of it. As it slid and landed on its head at the concession stand, the tone of the rivalry took a break. For a Stadium Stampede bout between the two groups, insanity reigned supreme. They counted the pinfall in a ring nonetheless since the football field fight was a farce. I’m sorry, but anybody who approves of this has no right to criticize WWE’s Money in the Bank match in 2020.
Then there’s Jericho’s Five Labors. These included battling Shawn Spears, MJF’s fellow Pinnacle member, and Wardlow, his particular meat-head. MJF (through Tony Khan) was also able to grab Nick Gage in between gigs and get Juventud Guerrera out for a game simply for fun. Embarrassingly, the bout with Juvi revealed both men’s advancing years, and the slaughter versus Gage only served to make everyone seem terrible.
Last Night’s Events…
Finally, we reach the end of the work, and MJF looks through everything CLEAN; hopefully, that’s all for them. Jericho tried cheating by using his baseball bat, but he still couldn’t finish the task. He went so far as to tap out to MJF’s Salt of the Earth Armbar. You’d think that would be the end of it, with the baby-face having no protection against his loss. Tony Khan, the Booker of the Year, may, nevertheless, find a way.
I’m hoping I’m overthinking things, but we’ll see. If we’re fortunate, MJF will be able to work with Daniel Bryan/Bryan Danielson next, which would be fantastic. MJF has moved away from a lot of the nonsense, but all it takes is one crazy non-comedy act to throw everything back into chaos.
Jericho, on the other hand, might go on tour with Fozzy or something to give us some time to miss him. Jericho’s self-centeredness isn’t going to grow much larger. What could be more impressive than having the audience recite hymn sheets and serenade him at his entrance? Oh, sure, more people in the arena and at the event will be great.
Big guy, hurry up!
That’s all I’ve got for this week. Thank you for taking the time to visit. Don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel for reviews of AEW Double or Nothing and WWE Money in the Bank.
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