Once upon a time, Chris Jericho proclaimed that the only promoter he would wrestle for in the United States was Vince McMahon. He highlighted this in 2017, as Y2J’s arrival in New Japan Pro Wrestling was a Far East exclusive, as he failed to compete in any of NJPW’s western shows. Things changed in the fall of 2018, when Jericho made a surprise appearance at the Chicago-based EVERYTHING IN pay-per-view, attacking Kenny Omega to set up an upcoming match they had on his cruise. From there, Jericho signed a deal with All Elite Wrestling upon the founding of the company and has called Tony Khan’s promotion home ever since.
Aside from a few sporadic New Japan shows, Jericho has been almost an AEW exclusive since January 2019. That changed on January 8, when Jericho and the entire Jericho Appreciation Society made a shocking appearance at Pro Wrestling Guerrillas Battle of Los Angeles Night 2. Unlike that of 2018 EVERYTHING INeventually Jericho ended up on the show.
— Alex (@thettops) January 9, 2023
Jericho at PWG what’s going on?!?! pic.twitter.com/h1SZuCxwlz
— Y☕️NF☕️N (@Yonfon) January 9, 2023
OH MY FUCKING GOD.
Chris Jericho and the rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society showed up at PWG BOLA!!!! pic.twitter.com/OELwGIZqis
— Drainmaker 🌧️ 💵 (@DrainBamager) January 9, 2023
Teaming up with Matt Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia and Sammy Guevara, Jericho and company took on Evil Uno, Kevin Blackwood, SB Kento, Michael Oku and Jonathan Gresham in 10-man tag action. Jake Hager, Tay Melo and Anna Jay supported the JAS from ringside.
Jericho is no stranger to the independent circuit, as he made a name for himself in the 1990s by struggling with multiple smaller promotions. That being said, this is The Ocho’s first time wrestling in a PWG ring.
Founded in 2003, PWG is a Los Angeles-based independent wrestling promotion owned and operated by a handful of wrestlers. AEW’s lead play-by-play announcer Excalibur is credited as a founder, alongside the likes of Disco Machine, Super Dragon, Scott Lost, and others. The likes of AJ Styles, Bryan Danielson, Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens, the Young Bucks, Will Ospreay, Seth Rollins, and Sami Zayn have all competed for PWG in the early days of their careers.
PWG is most famous for its annual Battle of Los Angeles tournament, a single-elimination competition that has featured many of the top names in professional wrestling throughout its history. Previous winners include Kenny Omega, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Ricochet, Zack Saber Jr., Bandido and Daniel Garcia. This year’s BOLA was won by Impact Wrestling’s Mike Bailey, as he defeated AEW’s Konosuke Takeshita in the finals.
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