Before he challenged IWGP Heavyweight champ Kazuchika Okada via video in Fukuoka, Japan on Saturday, Chris Jericho made an in-person appearance at Southern Honor Wrestling’s show on Fri., May 3 in Canton, Georgia.
SHW’s Retaliation was always going to have a little AEW flavor. Cody Rhodes was advertised for the show, and announced that bilateral amputee Dustin Thomas (who was the talk of WrestleMania weekend after his appearance at Joey Janela’s Spring Break 3) would participate in Double Or Nothing’s Battle Royal. He also did a fun spot where he jobbed for Sunny Daze (another Battle Royal participant/feel good story)’s mom in his “final indie match”:
But the All Elite invasion was just getting started. After SHW champ Alan Angels retained his title in the main event, he went to attack AC Mack, but Daze made the save. That brought out Y2J, who was set to break Sunny’s ankle with a chair until his Double Or Nothing opponent Kenny Omega ran in to stop him. Angels saved Jericho, the locker room emptied and a huge, intergender face vs heel brawl broke out. When the dust settled after the good guys & gals had all done their finishers on the evil champ, Omega put over SHW & AEW, then sent the crowd home with an adieu and a BANG.
Watch (most of) the action unfold (there’s an unedited cut on their Facebook here):
Double Or Nothing is May 25 in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Arena. Where else will we see All Elite stars show up between now and then?