Chris Jericho sounds pretty pumped to be part of a pro wrestling promotional war again.
In the 90s, Jericho is one of the few wrestlers to work on both WCW’s Monday Nitro as well as WWF’s Monday Night Raw during each program’s ratings heyday. Nearly 20 years later Jericho is still an active competitor, and count him in as one of the many people excited to watch AEW and WWE go against one another.
In a new interview with TV Insider, Jericho was asked about AEW’s impact on the pro wrestling business and if WWE is watching what the upstart promotion is doing.
“I’m not surprised. I will say this…everyone in WWE owes Chris Jericho a thank you because the moment I signed with AEW, it became legit. That’s when everyone started getting these huge raises to not go. It was very similar to what happened to Bobby Hull in the early 1970s when he signed with the WHA (World Hockey Association) for a million dollars. Every other player got a huge raise to not jump with him. My dad [Ted Irvine] went from a $35,000 to a $100,000 a year because they didn’t want him going to the WHA. It’s the same thing for Vince [McMahon] is doing with WWE.” [Read More]
Published @ May 16, 2019
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