AEW’s next PPV is less than two weeks away. Worlds End goes live on December 30 from Long Island, NY. Let’s run down the card as it currently stands and prognosticate the rest of the lineup.
Worlds Ends has four official bouts at the moment. Of the four, only one contest is clear.
- AEW Worlds Championship: MJF (c) vs. Samoa Joe
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm (c) vs. TBD (winner of Riho vs. Saraya)
- AEW World Tag Team Championship: Ricky Starks & Big Bill Morrissey (c) vs. Chris Jericho & TBA
- Continental Classic finale: Gold League winner vs. Blue League winner
Riho and Saraya will duke it out on Dynamite to determine the opponent for Toni Storm.
The Golden Jets were set for their shot, however, Kenny Omega is sidelined indefinitely. That puts Chris Jericho in a pickle. Surely, he’ll need a replacement partner. Names that come to mind are Paul Wight (Jeri-Show), Kota Ibushi (Omega’s pal), Danhausen (because why not?), Dustin Rhodes (always good in a pinch), and Mark Briscoe (tag team specialist). If Jericho wants to keep the Canadian connection, Ethan Page would be a smart fit. He is an accomplished tag team champion in his own right holding the record for longest reign with the Impact World Tag Team Championship alongside Josh Alexander at 380 days. Page’s story about bringing home a championship to his daughter would add an extra kick of motivation to the match. Personally, I hoping for Jon Moxley to step in, so Jericho can call them Moxie and the Jets to the tune of Elton John’s Bennie and the Jets. I imagine that would annoy the shit out of Moxley.
The Continental Classic heads into week 5 before hitting the semifinals. Lots of potential combinations still exist, but heavy money leans on Jon Moxley versus Swerve Strickland and Bryan Danielson versus Andrade or Eddie Kingston as the semifinal matchups. From there, it is anyone’s guess.
To fill out the card, more championship contests will be present. Current directions point to:
- TNT Championship: Christian Cage (c) vs. Adam Copeland in No DQ
- TBS Championship: Julia Hart (c) vs. Abadon or Thunder Rosa
- AEW World Trios Championship: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn (c) vs. devil’s goons
- FTW Championship: Hook vs. Wheeler Yuta in FTW rules
- AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy (c) vs. ???
Adam Copeland issued the No DQ challenge and awaits reply from Christian Cage. Julia Hart has been poking the zombie, but Thunder Rosa made a surprise return to save Abadon when Skye Blue turned black. The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass have their sights on the devil’s henchmen for revenge. But first, the trios champs have a defense against Top Flight & Action Andretti. So, we might be looking in a completely different direction if new champs are crowned next week. Hook already agreed to defend the FTW Championship against Wheeler Yuta. They just need a date. Orange Cassidy is a fighting champion. He might end up paired off with a Continental Classic participant.
A handful of other matches are brewing as well.
- FTR vs. Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews
- Miro vs. Andrade
- Swerve Strickland vs. Keith Lee
The House of Black wants to teach FTR a perverse lesson about love. Miro is biding his time until after the tournament to punish Andrade for being the client of hot and flexible CJ Perry. Keith Lee is tired of waiting to put hands on Swerve Strickland.
Plus, there is the question of handling the high-profile players eliminated from the Continental Classic. For example, if Jon Moxley or Bryan Danielson aren’t in the final, I find it hard to believe that they would be left off the PPV completely.
What do you think the Worlds End lineup will be? Who do you want to see chosen as Chris Jericho’s partner?