Former AEW World Champion Chris Jericho has gone back to his roots as a wrestler, competing on one of the biggest indy shows of the year.
PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles is always a marquee night in the independent wrestling calendar. Stars such as Kenny Omega, El Generico, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, and Zack Sabre Jr. have all won the prestigious competition with WWE Superstar Ricochet still the only man to have won BOLA twice.
In 2022, it was The Jericho Appreciation Society’s Daniel Garcia who captured the Battle of Los Angeles crown and fast forward to the 2023 edition of the show, Garcia is the reigning PWG World Champion. Garcia was originally scheduled to team with Jonathan Gresham and Kevin Blackwood on night two of BOLA but the JAS man had other ideas.
He told his partners that he only teamed with sports entertainers which brought out the entire Jericho Appreciation Society led by Chris Jericho. Jericho, Garcia, Sammy Guevara, Matt Menard, and Angelo Parker – flanked by Jake Hager, Tay Melo, and Anna JAS – then teamed up to face Gresham, Blackwood, Michael Oku, Player Uno (Evil Uno), and SB KENTo in a ten-man tag team match. The JAS picked up the win before Jericho addressed the PWG crowd, calling the promotion the “modern-day ECW.”
The last time Chris Jericho worked on an independent show was back in 2003 for Ohio Valley Wrestling when he defeated Johnny Jeter, although he does also compete on his Jericho Cruise shows.
The 2023 Battle Of Los Angeles was one by ‘Speedball’ Mike Bailey who defeated AEW star Konosuke Takeshita in the finals. As a result, Bailey should have a PWG Title match with Daniel Garcia in his future.