Jericho and Moxley to Meet at Revolution, New Tag Champions and More AEW Fallout
A week ago, AEW's Dynamite had a special Bash at the Beach that seemed like it would be hard to surpass.
But on the waves of the sea in a tropical setting, a historic, company-changing match took place, some feuds received some serious fuel, and Jon Moxley once again stole the show and made, well, waves.
Here are some of the biggest notes and takeaways from the epic event.
The Inner Circle Picks Up a Win
AEW couldn't go without Chris Jericho having a match at an event like this, even if it was just a tag team affair alongside Santana and Ortiz against Jurassic Express.
The team's win was important, largely because Santana and Ortiz need a bit of rehab in the tag team division after some recent setbacks.
This was a fun vehicle for a few different things. It got crowds again exposed to the talent of Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt while also teasing a heavyweight slugfest between Luchasaurus and Jake Hager.
While it's a shame we didn't get fun promos from Jericho in the aftermath, he probably was distracted by the events on the cruise, not to mention worried about the guys in the night's main event.
MJF Wins but Makes a Gaffe in His Feud vs. Cody
Fans have just got to love villains like MJF.
He's good in the ring and wicked on the mic, blazing through promos in a way almost nobody else can.
But he's also not as savvy and as smart as he thinks, which leaves him open to getting his lumps.
So it went on the cruise, where MJF probably felt untouchable thanks to Cody Rhodes accepting his stipulations for a match, one of which was that he couldn't touch MJF. After his win over Joey Janela, the scarf-wearing villain realized the error in his ways—the stipulation didn't say anything about other people touching MJF.
So while this feud is still getting a bit drawn out, it was fun to see MJF get kicked in the mouth by The Young Bucks, then tossed in a pool for the embarrassment factor. He'll probably try to weasel his way out of this, but it was about time the normal trash-talking promo backfired a bit.
'Hangman' Page and Kenny Omega Win the Titles
Now this is a feel-good shocker.
While SCU had been fun as tag team champs, the result makes it clear that one of the top titles in the company will now get used as a vehicle to drive one of its best outright storylines: the plight of "Hangman" Adam Page.
The match was fun too. Kenny Omega was Kenny Omega in the ring and Page showed off some of that versatility he likes to surprise fans with at times.
SCU didn't go out as chumps here, but their title reign felt a little lackluster at times. They'll always be the first-ever tag champs and be in the thick of things, but this just feels right.
Not only does a title change make this cruise event feel oh-so special, it means the growing divide as Page gets himself away from The Elite will involve titles and only be even better when it happens.
Moxley Becomes No. 1 Contender
How great is an eye-patch version of Jon Moxley?
While the injured eye storyline is a little silly, if there are two guys who can make this sort of old-school thing work, it's Moxley and Chris Jericho.
And if there are two guys who can put on a violent match with everything at stake and it really feels like it, well, leave it to Moxley and PAC.
These two put on one of the best matches in AEW broadcasting history so far, brutalizing each other in the process. The sheer dislike between the combatants was palpable, as was the enjoyment they get from punishing an opponent.
This was another predictable result, but the violence made it fun, and PAC is just world class to the point he made some of the near-falls and submissions give viewers some pause.
Rest assured PAC's time is coming. But this has always needed to be about Moxley and Jericho as AEW speeds toward the Revolution pay-per-view February 29.