Chris Jericho is a true legend in the pro wrestling world who has done it all in the business. He is also proud to be working in AEW and isn’t afraid to show it. He also decided to not change his theme song after turning heel in AEW.
Jericho has managed to keep himself relevant throughout the years by constantly changing up his gimmick in meaningful ways. He is truly a master of staying relevant no matter what.
Chris Jericho turned heel earlier this year as he introduced the Jericho Appreciation Society. despite this, Jericho still has his ‘Judas’ entrance theme and there is a good reason for that.
While speaking with Spin, Chris Jericho revealed that he and Tony Khan agreed not to change his entrance theme song despite his heel turn. This is because it is too important of an experience for fans and he didn’t want to take that away from them.
”Well, the thing about ‘Judas’ is, it was a hit before I started using it [as entrance music], right out of the gate. We did the video, it did 1 million views in a week. Why? I don’t know. Whatever reason, people gravitated toward that song. That’s why I started using it as my ring music. I needed a new song because I had switched from WWE to New Japan [Pro Wrestling]. I thought, well, let me use “Judas,” and maybe there’ll be a promoter who hears the song and brings us over to Japan. Then I realized, this is a great entrance song!
So, when AEW started, I brought ‘Judas’ over there, and then it became part of the show. For whatever reason, people just felt a real inspiration from that song and wanted to sing it as I came to the ring. Now, I did just change my character, I went from being a good guy to being a bad guy. We thought about not using ‘Judas’ anymore. But then I thought, why? Why change it? My boss [AEW president Tony Khan] agreed because we have a very unique, very cool moment in our AEW presentation, in that people love singing this song. As a bad guy, I could take it away but then you’re losing this really special moment. People singing ‘Judas’ transcends being a good guy or a bad guy in AEW, it’s just something cool that’s part of the show. It’s like going to a KISS concert and they don’t play ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ because they’re trying to be creative. It’s like, f***, we don’t care, that’s the song we want to hear!”
Chris Jericho truly cares about fan experience and it shows. It remains to be seen how The Jericho Appreciation Society will be booked in the coming months. With the Blackpool Combat Club also being involved now, fans are more involved than ever.
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