According to Sports Illustrated, Chris Jericho will defend his All Elite Wrestling Championship against Cody Rhodes at their next pay-per-view. The two have been throwing shots at one another over the past several months, as Jericho has felt that he isn’t given enough credit. Meanwhile. Rhodes is the face of the company and their most vocal Executive Vice President.
Rhodes is coming off wins over Shawn Spears and Dustin Rhodes, and went to a draw against Darby Allin. In a tag match, he lost to the Young Bucks while teaming with his brother. AEW CEO Tony Khan confirmed the match and said it was made due to Rhodes’ impressive wins.
“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,” said Khan. “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.”
To get there, Jericho will have to defend his belt on television a few times. AEW’s TNT debut is set for Oct. 2.