Holy jeez is AEW Grand Slam 2022 a loaded card. The Dynamite portion is original Clash of the Champions-caliber, while the Rampage lineup has a whopping eight shorter matches. Hopefully AEW continues their string of big ratings to continue proving they can get along just fine without CM Punk and also to show Discovery that they're underpaid.
This Punk-Elite situation has certainly motivated AEW to create some must-see television, what with the tournament for the vacant AEW Championship and the featuring of more stars that were perhaps underutilized. The next few months leading into Full Gear should be intriguing to say the least.
Let's look at the lineups....
AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Pac vs. Orange Cassidy
These two had a fantastic match in 2020 and I expect the same here. Pac is the no-bullshit tough guy while Cassidy is the aloof slacker who likes to poke the bear. I don't anticipate a title change here, but Cassidy will give Pac a good fight.
Pick: Pac retains
Ring of Honor Championship: Claudio Castagnoli vs. Chris Jericho
This should be spectacular, and it's yet another match WWE never capitalized on. Considering they're giving a huge star like Jericho a crack at the ROH Title, hopefully that means an ROH TV deal is imminent. It would make sense then to put the title on the biggest possible star to give that brand a boost. Claudio just won the title two months ago but if the idea is to get an unprecedented number of eyes on Ring of Honor, it makes sense for Jericho to capture it. Regardless I'm very much looking forward to this one.
Pick: Jericho wins his first ROH Title