Chris Jericho has always been an advocate for long-term storytelling and working with younger talent in professional wrestling. The former AEW World Champion entered a feud with Ricky Starks in December 2022, and it appears that both men are about to settle the score at the upcoming AEW Revolution pay-per-view event.
Speaking with Casey Pratt, Jericho discussed his love for longer storylines, heaped praise on Starks, and teased a potential conclusion to their ongoing rivalry.
Jericho will clash with Starks on March 5th at AEW Revolution. As per the stipulation of the match, all members of Jericho Appreciation Society including Ricky’s allies will be banned from ringside.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On his extended feud with Ricky Starks: “When we started the Ricky Starks story at the end of December, the idea was always to make it all the way to Revolution. I like to tell long-term stories, and it makes me laugh sometimes when people bag on me for that. It’s like, ‘Well, what’s the rush?’ If it’s too short of a story, people complain. If it’s too long of a story, people complain. What is too long, as long as there’s a beginning, a middle, and an end? It’s like, well, Titanic is too long. Saving Private Ryan is too long. Well, both those movies are two of the greatest of all time that won multiple awards and are three hours long, and you got to invest in it. If you want to fuck around on your phone or if you want to go to Chipotle in an hour, don’t watch those movies. I think it’s the same with a Chris Jericho storyline.”
On working with Starks: “So yeah, Ricky Starks is a guy that I thought, ‘Wow, he could really use some long-term storyline stuff, working on his character, figure out who he is as a performer.’ Wrestling-wise, he’s got it. He has a real connection with the crowd that I wanted to really expand upon. So, you know, in the ring’s a different story. Outside of the ring, once again, Ricky Starks, let’s build this guy, let’s build him into a bigger star, and not just with this program, let me show him some tricks. More importantly — you can lead the horse to water, but the horse has to drink it, and once the horse drinks it, he knows, ‘Okay, I can go to this pond, and I can use these tricks.’ I think Ricky’s learning that. We had a great segment on Wednesday. I think that he really learned a lot, and I think it’s just been it’s been a great experience and a great story. It’s gonna be a great conclusion, or is it, at Revolution on Sunday.”