When it was announced that Jon Moxley and Hiroshi Tanahashi would take the ring together for a non-wrestling segment on AEW Dynamite, fans had to know that Tony Khan had something up his sleeve.
Oh boy oh boy, as it turns out, “something up his sleeve” was a serious understatement.
The segment started off relatively normal, with Mox musing about his pursuit of Tanahashi and about their respective greatness, but before the current IWGP Heavy Champion could respond, the arena's PA System was flooded with the very familiar music of “Judas” which could only signal one thing: Chris Jericho was coming back for his second appearance of the show.
.@IAmJericho decides now is an appropriate time to introduce the new members of the #JerichoAppreciationSociety, @sammyguevara, @tayconti_, @lancehoyt and @ElDesperado5, and makes a challenge for #ForbiddenDoor LIVE on PPV! It’s #AEWDynamite: #RoadRager LIVE on @TBSNetwork! pic.twitter.com/vkWBVyUBy2
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) June 16, 2022
Taking to the mic, Jericho, predictably, had a lot to say, talking about his own history with Tanahashi before calling for the JAS to take the ring and take care of business versus Moxley and his future foe. But before that could happen, a masked man emerged from the opposite side of the ring, with a much larger, much more recognizable performer to AEW fans following close behind. Before Tanahashi and Moxley knew it, they were being swarmed by El Desperado and Lance Archer, representatives of NJPW faction Suzuki-Gun who, according to Jericho, had been contracted to join the faction that now, apparently, also features Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti, for Forbidden Door.
The trio of Jericho, Minoru Suzuki, and Guevara have officially been booked for a match against Wheeler Yuta, Shota Umino, and Eddie Kingston, which, objectively speaking, is a weird pairing, and if his interaction with Tanahashi is of any indication, that might not be the only time “Chris Judas,” as Danhausen would say, makes his presence known at the event.