The Inner Circle Implodes, Chris Jericho Turns Heel

Chris Jericho and the Inner Circle

The Inner Circle is no more, but the Chris Jericho Appreciation Society is born.

The March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite opened with Chris Jericho coming to the ring to address his defeat to Eddie Kingston and Revolution. After the match, a dejected Jericho refused a handshake from Kingston, which didn’t sit well with the Mad King or the fans in attendance.

On Dynamite, Chris Jericho explained that he regretted not shaking hands with Kingston, thanking his rival for relighting the fire inside him. Jericho toasted the match as one of the best of his career, and arguably his best in AEW.

At this, Kingston came to the ring and said that at one point he didn’t want to show up for the match as Jericho had got in is head. Not only had he not won the ‘big one’ he felt he never world. However, after a number of fans told him they had taken strength from his openness about his mental health struggles, Kingston decided to fight on.

Kingston praised Jericho and then the pair shook hands. Despite the friendly atmosphere, the two men were interrupted by Daniel Garcia and 2Point0. The trio shoved Jericho to the floor attacking Kingston, this brought out Santana and Ortiz. But instead of uniting with his Inner Circle brothers, Jericho joined Garcia and 2Point0 in attacking Kingston, Santana and Ortiz.

With the beatdown in full swing, a confused Jake Hager came to the ring and aligned with Jericho. He then delivered a devastating powerbomb on Kingston from the apron through a table on the floor.

Back in the ring, Jericho announced the creation of the Jericho Appreciation Society. With their rivals left laying, Jericho, Hager, Garcia and 2Point0 gave a middle finger salute to the camera.