Chris Jericho is known for his ability to reinvent himself over the course of his career. He has portrayed a wide range of personas, from the cocky “Lionheart” to the egotistical “List of Jericho” character, and addresses himself as “The Ocho” today after winning his eighth World Title. One of his most tenured and iconic nicknames was the enigmatic “Y2J”, surprisingly Jericho no longer wants to hear this name.

Chris Jericho made his debut in AEW in 2019. He is one of the founding members of the promotion and became the first-ever AEW World Champion in Tony Khan’s company ar Double or Nothing. He is now leading the Jericho Appreciation Society alongside his former WWE colleague Jack Hager, Daniel Garcia, Angelo Parker, Matt Menard, Sammy Guevara, Tay Melo, and Anna Jay A.S.

AEW fans have always been very vocal and have multiple times chanted his previous moniker of “Y2J.” But the former ROH World Champion is clearly not amused by the “Y2J” chants, as he stated recently on the Basic! Podcast.

“It kind of bugs me when people chant ‘Y2J, there’s so many other things I’ve done since then. It doesn’t bug me in a bad way, but it’s kind of like, ‘No, no, no. We’re the Demo God.’ … I really believe, and I think it’s one of the reasons why I’ve still been able to stay on top for so long, it’s always different. It’s never the same thing. I’ll always tweak it and change it and try different things. … It’s very important to stay fresh and stay current. Respect your past but always think of the future.”

The “Y2J” moniker achieved great success in the WWE, where he made history by dethroning The Rock and Steve Austin in the same evening to become the first Undisputed WWE Championship. Yet, Jericho is now concentrated on the present and future generations.

The Ucho has also embraced working with other top young talent in AEW, like Orange Cassidy, MJF, and most recently Ricky Starks. Moreover, Chris Jericho is an icon of the wrestling industry, and his legacy will continue to inspire and influence future generations of wrestlers and fans for many years to come.

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