There was a Winnipeg love fest Wednesday on AEW Dynamite. Native sons Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega, two of the top stars in professional wrestling, performed in front of a fired-up home crowd.
A photo from their match landed on the front page of the Winnipeg Free Press. Jericho teamed with Daniel Garcia and Sammy Guevara (from the Jericho Appreciation Society) and took on The Elite (Omega and the Young Bucks) and House of Black (Malakai Black, Buddy Matthews, and Brody King) in a match for House of Black’s Trios title. House of Black retained their titles.
They Couldn’t Lose
Jericho and Omega went at each other on a few occasions, much to the delight of the raucous Canadian crowd. AEW writers didn’t script Jericho and Omega to lose, of course, instead having the champs pick up the win and retain their titles with a triple-team of Garcia.
Jericho took to Instagram afterward. Here’s what he had to say: “Awesome to be on the front cover of the @winnipegfreepress today with one of my all-time favorite rivals & fellow Winnipegger @kennyomegamanx! #AEW Dynamite was INSANE last night. So much fun!!”
He’s a Rock Star
Jericho (real name Chris Irvine) has re-invented himself successfully several times in his career. He’s still going strong at age 52. He’s also a rock star, the lead singer for the heavy metal band Fozzy. His father is former NHL player Ted Irvine, 78, who played for the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, and St. Louis Blues from 1963-77.
Omega (real name Tyson Smith) is an executive vice president of AEW. The 39-year-old also wrestles in New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he is the IWGP United States Heavyweight champion. He was named Sports Illustrated’s Wrestler of the Year in 2017 and Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s top male wrestler in 2018 and 2021. He has done all that even though he suffers from vertigo. He’s an avid gamer.
Danhausen Is Cursed
In some bad news regarding AEW, the popular and quirky star Danhausen announced he’s sidelined by a torn right pectoral muscle. Danhausen revealed the injury in a Twitter post. He didn’t say how the injury occurred, but it was in his last match, at Revolution, when he teamed with Orange Cassidy to face Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal, The Acclaimed, and The Gunns in a four-way tag team match.
“Hello, Danhausen tore his pec at AEW Revolution,” he wrote on Twitter. “When Armageddons been locked and loaded, Danhausen will come back for you.” Huh? That’s Danhausen.
The injury bug appears to be following Danhausen, who loves to curse people. But it appears he is cursed. He suffered a broken tibia and fibula in 2021. He signed with AEW while he was recovering from the injury.
Danhausen’s real name is Donovan Danhausen. The 32-year-old is just 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, so he’s not going to overpower anyone in the ring. Instead, he wears horror-themed face paint and relies on “supernatural powers” and a persona he calls “Conan O’Brien possessed by a demon.” His catchphrase is calling himself “very nice, very evil.”
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