Wrestling legend Chris Jericho won the Ring of Honor World Title for the first time in his career after defeating Claudio Castagnoli at Dynamite Grand Slam.
The September 21st AEW Dynamite matchup between Chris Jericho and Claudio Castagnoli was set up last week on Rampage with Claudio looking to defend the title, which led to Jericho issuing a challenge because he had never won the ROH World Title.
It was a competitive match between Jericho and Claudio with a lot of nearfalls for each guy. Towards the end of the match, Jericho tried using Floyd the bat, but Claudio took it away. That was followed by a spot where Claudio nearly bumped into referee Aubrey Edwards, so while Edwards wasn’t looking, Jericho hit a low blow on Claudio. Jericho followed up with a Judas Effect elbow for the controversial pinfall win.
Jericho celebrated the win with members of his Jericho Appreciation Society group. Daniel Garcia was a bit hesitant to celebrate because he likely didn’t respect that Jericho cheated to win.
After the match, Jericho put up 8 fingers for his 8th World Title win of his 30+ year wrestling career. Jericho won six World Titles in WWE (the WWE Title, World Title and WCW Title when WWE was booking it), he won the AEW World Title in 2019 and now the ROH World Title.
Jericho also made history with his ROH World Title win as the oldest champion in that company’s history. The 51-year-old Jericho beat out fellow Canadian PCO, who was a few days younger than Jericho’s current age of, 51 years and 316 days old. Jericho will turn 52 years old on AEW Dynamite on November 9th.