‘Le Champion’ of AEW, Chris Jericho, is not a man who holds back his words. Jericho is often vocal about the rivalry between AEW and WWE, and calls out WWE for their handling of talents, even during his promos on AEW Dynamite.
However, this time Jericho has gone one step further and directly criticized his own parent company, AEW, by calling them out for not following proper rules of professional wrestling.
In an interview with Konnan’s Keeping It 100, Chris Jericho talked about the tag-team matches in AEW, and how they don’t follow the professional standards. Jericho said he called a meeting with the top AEW guys and called them out for producing the matches improperly.
“I called a team meeting — I’ll tell you right now. The lack of tags and the lack of just normal tag team wrestling psychology drove me nuts to the point where that was one of the big knocks against our company in about week three or four if you remember.”
Jericho said that the writers gave him excuses that the no-tags were a thing employed in Lucha Libre. Jericho quickly dismissed this thought, as he himself has experience of wrestling in the Latin promotions.
“They would make excuses and they would say, ‘Oh, it’s lucha libre style.’ Huh, that’s funny because guess what? I worked in Mexico for two years and guess how you make a tag in a lucha libre match? You stand on the corner and you wait for a guy to touch you and you walk in. That’s lucha libre rules, AKA tag team rules.”
Jericho went on to add that the ‘honeymoon’ period for AEW is over, and people tuning in will expect a standard of wrestling, which wasn’t happening. AEW is often called out for being too gimmicky, but Jericho wants that to change.
“So, I called a meeting with the whole crew and said you’re burying the refs. If you don’t have any rules then you don’t get any heat and it’s killing our show because our honeymoon period is over and now people are watching us and they’re being confused by the lack of rules. So that’s changing slowly.”
Chris Jericho being the locker-room leader, made the absolute right choice by calling out the producers for booking the show in that fashion, and hopefully, we see proper professional wrestling rules in the future, on AEW shows.