For the first time since a May 2020 brawl that involved Chris Jericho, boxing great Mike Tyson will return to AEW Dynamite this Wednesday.
No reason was given for Tyson’s appearance other than AEW noting in a press release that this would be Tyson’s first appearance in front of a live AEW audience.
“I talk to Mike regularly,” AEW President Tony Khan told Dave Meltzer. “I talked to him often as he was training for [Roy Jones Jr.] and then I caught up with him right after the fight and he’d said he wanted to find a good date to come back to AEW, and I said 100% yes, we’ll find a good date that works for everyone, so I’d kept that in mind. And then when we were catching up a few days ago, I mentioned that it felt like this would be a great date for him to come in if he’d be free, and he said he’d love to come.”
He presented the TNT Title belt to Cody Rhodes after he defeated Lance Archer at last May’s Double or Nothing, followed up by the Dynamite appearance where he and an entourage that included former UFC champions Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort and Henry Cejudo; indie wrestler Mr. Grim, and filmmaker Mickey Gooch confronted Jericho’s Inner Circle which led to a brawl.
Both were held in front of an empty Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida, due to the pandemic.
After the pull-apart, Jericho did an interview with ESPN where he said AEW was looking to do something between the two of them:
“Obviously, the idea is to do something more. That’s the thought process, I think between both parties. What that is at this moment, we’re thinking and discussing. Look, Chris Jericho versus Mike Tyson in a wrestling match, in a street fight, in a boxing match, would be big. I’m not Mike Tyson. I’m not 1/1,000th of Mike Tyson, but I’ve been boxing for six years. I know how to box. I could win fights on my own against people of my skill level. So if that’s what he wants to do, that works too. Whatever he feels comfortable with, I can make it good. That’s what I do for a living. That’s what I’ve been doing for 30 years.”
The two first tangled in a WWE ring in 2010 when Tyson knocked Jericho out during a tag team match against DX on an episode of Raw.
Tyson returned to the boxing ring last November for an exhibition match with fellow great Roy Jones Jr. The two went to a draw in a pay-per-view that did over 1.2 million buys.