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Big Bill Helps Chris Jericho Win FTW Title Match Stuffed With Chops And Plunder

After defeating Hook in an FTW Rules match at AEW Dynasty, Chris Jericho sought to succeed in his first FTW Championship title defence against Katsuyori Shibata on this week's edition of "AEW Dynamite." By the time the dust settled in the hockey puck-heavy, no-disqualification title match, Chris Jericho won via pinfall, only thanks to "Learning Tree" prospect, Big Bill.

Chris Jericho and Katsuyori Shibata were gridlocked in their contest. Chris Jericho took advantage of the no-disqualification stipulation, and employed the use of the FTW trash can lid and a bag full of hockey pucks in the first act of the match. The Canadian crowd saw a five-minute session composed solely of back-to-back chops between the men, but while Chris Jericho's chest was red and purple with pain, Katsuyori Shibata's stoic strength shone through. In the final moments of the match, Katsuyori Shibata seemed to have Chris Jericho beat after a series of kendo stick whips, but as he was setting up a table, Big Bill entered the ring to send Katsuyori Shibata crashing through his work. Chris Jericho capitalized on Big Bill's interference to narrowly retain the FTW Championship.

Big Bill has been vocal in his desire to sit underneath "The Learning Tree" since the April 24th edition of "AEW Dynamite". Previously, Chris Jericho expressed nothing more than mild interest in Big Bill and only promised Big Bill that he would be watching the younger talent's progress. While Big Bill has made his dedication to Chris Jericho and his tutelage rather clear with tonight's interference, Chris Jericho has yet to comment on whether Big Bill is or is not officially associated with "The Learning Tree".

Photo Credit: AEW

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