The AEW World Championship between Chris Jericho and Cody Rhodes headlined the AEW Full Gear pay-per-view in Baltimore. The match took place before the Lights Out match since this was the last sanctioned match of the night.
Rhodes was accompanied to the ring by MJF. Before his entrance, Justin Roberts announced that the judges for this match would be Arn Anderson, Dean Malenko, and The Great Muta. They will score the match and render a decision if the match goes to a 60-minute draw. Jericho was accompanied to the ring by Jake Hager.
The match started out slow but picked up when Cody did a dive over the top and Jericho moved. Cody’s face hit the rampway that leads from the set to the ring and Cody ended up with a deep gash over his eyebrow. The doctor checked Cody and allowed the match to continue. Hager interfered at ringside when the referee wasn’t looking.
Cody hit a Diamond Cutter about 15 minutes into the match for the near fall. Up until, this point, Jericho dominated most of the match. Cody’s mom slapped Jericho at ringside a couple of times. You could hear her yell “f**k you” at Jericho. Cody locked in a figure four but Hager’s interference broke up the hold. Hager landed a right hand on Cody and ref Aubrey saw it so she forced him to leave the ringside area. Hager attacked MJF before leaving the area. Jericho nailed Cody with the title as the ref was removing Hager from ringside. Cody barely kicked out of the pin attempt.
Cody surprised Jericho with the Cross Rhodes and almost got the pin. Cody went for the disaster kick but Jericho caught him with the codebreaker for another very close near fall. Jericho took of his weight belt and whipped Cody’s back repeatedly. Ref Aubrey took the belt away.
27 minutes into the match, Jericho applied the lion tamer submission but Cody fought his way to the bottom rope to break the hold. Jericho shoved Aubrey and she shoved back and that allowed Cody to try a small package but Jericho kicked out. Cody locked in the lion tamer as MJF could be seen with a towel at ringside. MJF threw in the towel so Jericho retained at 30 minutes into the match.
After the match, MJF pleaded with Cody and apologized repeatedly. MJF then kicked Cody in the balls for his official turn. MJF walked up the ramp. Fans were heated and trash was thrown at MJF>
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