The former six times WWE World Champion Chris Jericho has been the biggest face of the All Elite Wrestling since joining the promotion. He is the inaugural AEW World champion and going very strong even at the age of 50.
In his 17 year WWE career, Chris Jericho did a lot of things. He had been very famous for his amazing ring presence and excellent mic works. Even in the ending days of ‘The Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla’ his ‘List of Jericho’ was hugely popular among the fans.
Chris Jericho Reveals How Tony Khan Convinced Him To Join AEW
But things could not go very well for Chris Jericho and WWE together. As we have said in some of our previous stories, WWE takes loyal workers for granted. The same thing happened to Jericho as well.
Jericho’s recent appearance Broken Skull Sessions of Stone Cold Steve Austin was pretty shocking as well. He revealed during the session how Tony Khan convinced him to join AEW and more stuff. Given below are some highlights;
Says there was something different about what Tony Khan wanted to do with AEW:
“When AEW was about to start and Tony Khan had this idea. Now, you’ve been around longer than I have but you hear this all the time, ‘oh, there’s going to be a new promotion, there’s a guy whose got money,” whatever, you hear it all the time. So, when I started talking to him, I started realizing that there was something different here about this opportunity to start a new company.”
How they began building an impressive roster including the Elite:
“What you need for that, is you need 3 things: finances and passion, that’s one. You need a television contract, and you need talent. You need about 4-6 guys you can build a territory around. Talking to Tony, he had the finances, he had the passion. Then when we started sniffing around, we realized there was a group of guys whose contracts were all coming up at the same time.
Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega, Young Bucks, Chris Jericho, Hangman Page, guess what? There’s your six guys right there, you can start a company on that. 6 legit guys you can build around and Jericho’s got the name value. These other guys, Cody to an extent, but nobody had really heard of the Young Bucks in the mainstream, or Kenny, or Hangman. So, when you see these guys, you’re like ‘where have these guys been?”
On getting the contract with TNT:
“All 3 of those factors all came together in a perfect storm to where we’re like we have a chance to really do something here. The contract with TNT was big because I think at first we were thinking maybe Showtime, or HBO, or Netflix, all these different ideas. But you have to have network TV to get off the ground and TNT provided that.”
Chris Jericho is one of those few wrestlers who did not bend down because of age. Even at the age of 50, he is quite a main eventer. We are pretty sure that there are more title reigns are waiting for the former nine times WWE IC Champion.
(H/T and transcribed by Sescoops)