Chris Jericho is certainly an established veteran in the world of professional wrestling. Having worked in the industry for well over three decades now, Jericho is more than aware of his own worth. Jericho also bragged for an interesting reason recently.
Le Champion was one of the first people to sign with AEW back in 2019 and was the biggest name for a long time in the company. He was the first AEW World Champion and helped carry the company during its initial stages.
While speaking on the latest episode of Geordie Podcast, Chris Jericho talked about how he carried AEW on his back during the first few months. He also bragged about reinventing wrestlers for AEW.
“When we started AEW, it was solely on my back. I really believe that because if you look at the roster, unless you were a hardcore wrestling fan, no one f*cking knew any of those guys. (…) I have three-to-six months to make as many stars as I can, because if not, I can’t — as great as I am and as great as I think I am, if I’m the only guy on the show for six months and the only star, it’s gonna die.
Think about Cody when AEW started, he was not the Cody that he is now. Nobody knew who Kenny Omega was, Darby Allin, Scorpio Sky. [Jon] Moxley, he was not the guy that he is now when he came into our company. (…) Who’s Sammy Guevara? I didn’t know how Santana, Ortiz was. Jake Hager was not the guy he is now. He was a useless character in WWE. So we built these stars in three months and that’s when we got a television deal for $160 million for four years.”
Jericho is currently feuding with Eddie Kingston and the Blackpool Combat Club on AEW television. It remains to be seen how AEW will book their feud in the coming weeks.
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