The second match has been announced for the AEW Full Gear pay-per-view in Baltimore on November 9. On Wednesday, AEW announced Jon Moxley vs. Kenny Omega. This evening, we found out that the new AEW World Champion Chris Jericho will defend the title against Cody at Full Gear. The reason that AEW announced the two matches this week is because tickets for Full Gear go on sale on Friday.
The announcement for the Jericho vs. Cody match was made via an AEW story that Sports Illustrated posted. In that story, AEW President Tony Khan explained why Cody gets the World Title shot at Full Gear.
“Cody’s outstanding record in singles competition has secured him the number one contender ranking, and he will be challenging AEW world champion Chris Jericho in the first ever pay-per-view defense of the championship on November 9 in Baltimore at Full Gear. Cody earned this opportunity over the summer as he remained unbeaten in singles bouts, scoring pins on a pair of proven veterans, defeating his older brother, the legendary wrestler Dustin Rhodes at Double or Nothing, and beating bitter rival and former partner Shawn Spears at All Out—and battling to a draw with the exciting upstart Darby Allin at Fyter Fest. This is an AEW world championship match that so many All Elite Wrestling fans are excited to witness, and I’m glad we’ll be able to present it at Full Gear.”
Jericho will also defend the AEW World Title in week three of the AEW on TNT show on October 16 against an opponent yet to be named.
Both men commented on the match announcement on social media.
The answer is the same…#DoTheWork
or somebody else will https://t.co/xU2BWDzEG0
— Cody (@CodyRhodes) September 6, 2019
Jericho won the AEW World Title when he defeated Adam Page at All Out last Saturday. In what has become bigger news, Jericho lost the AEW World Title before he went home and thankfully it was retrieved by the Tallahassee Police Department.
The full story of the belt being found was covered in this article by the Tallahassee Democrat. To make a long story short, a man found the AEW World Title on the side of the road and he isn’t a wrestling fan. The man and his wife did a search to find out it was the AEW World Title. They managed to get in contact with the right people and the title was sent to Jericho, so everything is fine now. I think the lost (or stolen) title story got more attention than the actual match.
TJR Thoughts: It should be an outstanding match, but I’m not a huge fan of announcing a World Title PPV match over two weeks away. I understand the reasoning because AEW wanted to announce two matches before tickets go on sale on Friday. I’m just saying they could have announced a number one contender’s match for AEW on TNT and say the winner of that gets to face Jericho at Full Gear.