Chris Jericho recently took to his podcast, “Talk Is Jericho,” to discuss his journey to signing with AEW. “Y2J” noted how blown away he was by the offer, why he didn’t want to go back to WWE, if AEW will compete with WWE, and more. Here are the highlights:
Being blown away by AEW’s offer: “The original offer that came in blew my mind… What? This is a real, almost like NHL-level offer which I’d never gotten before,” said Jericho. “But I also know that with the money WWE has, they could probably match it if they wanted to.”
Why he didn’t want to go back to WWE: “Do I really want to go back to WWE? If I go back, what am I going to be doing there? What kind of an angle would I have? How high up on the card would I be,” Jericho asked.
AEW competing with WWE: “WWE is the biggest wrestling company in the world – you’re not going to beat it! We don’t want to beat the WWE. We’re not planning on that,” said Jericho. “That’s not the mindset of AEW. The mindset is to provide an option, an alternative for wrestling fans. It’s something you haven’t seen before and haven’t seen in a while.”
Going worldwide: “We could be going worldwide. We’ve already had inquiries from Australia, Germany, the UK. The Khan Family is based in London – you don’t think we’ll be in London working? You don’t think we’ll be back in Japan? Going to Germany? Australia? New Zealand? There’s a lot of places for us to go and I’m excited,” said Jericho.
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions