On the December 14th episode of AEW Dynamite, Action Andretti shocked the world by handing former AEW World Champion Chris Jericho a stunning loss. Earlier in the night, Jericho boldly claimed that he would beat up a “jobber” on the episode to serve as a warm-up before he eventually regained the ROH World Championship from Claudio Castagnoli after losing the title at Final Battle.
As the match began, Chris Jericho began toying with Action Andretti, slapping him in the face. However, fans took notice when Andretti slapped the veteran back, and the match ended up being a competitive back and forth bout.
Excitement in the crowd reached a fever pitch when Andretti was able to kick out of Chris Jericho’s Codebreaker, and soon after, he was able to pin Le Champion following a standing shooting star press. As an enraged Jericho looked on in shock from the ring, Action Andretti celebrated with the crowd in Garland, TX.
Later in the evening, AEW President Tony Khan took to social media to announce that Action Andretti was officially All Elite.
Sean Waltman Highlighted The Differences Between Chris Jericho’s Loss And 1-2-3 Kid Win Over Razor Ramon
The shocking nature of Chris Jericho’s loss to the lesser-known Action Andretti has fans recalling the 1993 match between Razor Ramon and Sean Waltman on WWE Raw. Long before he became X-Pac, Waltman was known as The Kid and after he was able to score a huge upset victory over Razor Ramon, the underdog became known as the 1-2-3 Kid.
While comparisons between the 1993 bout and Action Andretti’s win on AEW Dynamite make sense, Waltman himself took to social media to highlight the differences in the situation, saying that Andretti’s match was much more competitive than the one he had with Razor Ramon.
“I just got the shit beat out of me by Scott, before he charged the corner, I moved & hit the moonsault body block. I got zero offense in before that. Chris had a competitive match with Andretti before putting him over.”
I just got the shit beat out of me by Scott, before he charged the corner, I moved & hit the moonsault body block. I got zero offense in before that. Chris had a competitive match with Andretti before putting him over.
— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) December 15, 2022
Elsewhere on the Winter is Coming edition of AEW Dynamite, Bryan Danielson confronted MJF after the AEW World Champion was able to retain his title in a main event bout against Ricky Starks.