Tony Schiavone questioned Chris Jericho about his plans for the future on AEWDynamite after he lost a stunning match to Claudio Castagnoli at Ring of HonorFinal Battle and lost his ninth World Championship belt. Would he focus on the AEW World Championship presented by MJF?

Or perhaps one of the two belts worn by “The King of Television,” Samoa Joe, a former WWE coworker? Could Jericho shove Daniel Garcia aside and challenge Wheeler Yuta for the Pure Championship despite the fact that Garcia must now serve as Sammy Guevara’s little son?

For better or worse, Jericho made the decision that he wanted to take another shot—perhaps too soon—at Castagnoli and the Ring of Honor World Championship, but first, he wanted to have a tune-up battle versus “some jobber” on Dynamite to refocus.

The Philadelphia native Action Andretti, who on October 7th on AEWDarkback pushed QT Marshall to the limit, has since gone on to wrestle for PPW, MCW — his home promotion where he is currently the Heavyweight Championship — GCW, and CZW, before making his return to Dynamite for a very special match at Winter Is Coming.

Action Andretti

Unfortunately for “The Ocho,” he ended up wrestling the wrong jobber. Would Jericho use his straightforward victory to improve his strategy before facing the “Swiss Superman” again?

No, in an unexpected turn of events that few could have predicted, Andretti battled Jericho for almost 10 minutes, pulling off acrobatic moves that would have pleased the Martin brothers, and in the end, he won with a Standing Shooting Star Press for the 1-2-3.

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The crowd gathered inside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, loved Andretti’s victory so much that Action felt the need to celebrate by leaping into the crowd in the Lambeau Leap fashion. The match was incredibly entertaining, Jericho appeared to be truly shocked, and in the end, Andretti won.

The best thing, though? Andretti, a performer who started the battle with 2,134 followers on Twitter and ended it with 5,607 and counting, did the unfathomable, and fans online were just as excited to see it happen since he has become quite popular on social media as a result of his duel.

Action Andretti has become a new viral sensation in AEW.

First and foremost, it is impossible to discuss the reactions to Andretti’s victory without mentioning those of Jericho, who opted to skip the customary post-match interview with Renee Paquette, Lexy Nair, or even Alex Marvez in favor of tearing around the backstage area like a chicken with its head cut off while yelling, “I’m the Ocho.”

The poor guy now has to deal with the idea that a wrestler who has only featured in 87 matches—2,418 fewer than Jericho, according to Cagematch—bested him in his tune-up match after losing badly to Castagnoli at Final Battle. Thankfully, Andretti’s performance received far more positive feedback from followers on social media. Some even thanked Jericho for pushing him over, and The Ocho retweeted those to bask in some phantom glory.

With fans from all over social media hailing the bout AEW’s upset of the year and commentary from Excalibur, Taz, and Schiavone, Destructivous Herbivorous’ perspective is likely to be the most popular. Others on the AEW team utilized Andretti’s victory to rediscover their faith in the spontaneity of professional wrestling.

Could Andretti appear on “Hey! (EW)” as a guest in the future, following in the footsteps of Danhausen, Arn Anderson, and “The Ocho” himself? Regardless of how he was booked, Andretti did receive arguably the best recommendation for his transition from a suspected jobber to a future in-ring star, as none other than Sean Waltman, the former X-Pac who started out as The 1-2-3 Kid, praised him for following in his footsteps and pursuing a career in professional wrestling.

Even though Andretti has put together a pretty impressive resume over the past year, with victories over “Speedball” Mike Bailey, Lince Dorado, Fuego Del Sol, Zachary Wentz, Rich Swann, and Ninja Mack, it’s still nice to see one of the most prolific jobbers-turned-Superstars represent the game of another.

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Waltman is more or less back in WWE full-time as he assisted in selecting the participants for the NXT Iron Survivor Challenge. Still, Tony Khan’s post-match tweet congratulating him and perhaps even a graphic with the hashtag “Is #AllElite” announcing his contract to the world was the only social media interactions Andretti truly wanted to see. Fortunately, he didn’t have to wait long for that to happen and to mark the occasion, he even tweeted out his own response.

 

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