Chris Jericho is still considered to be one of the greatest WWE superstars of all time, but at present Y2J is plying his trade in All Elite Wrestling after choosing to sign for the company more than a year ago.
Jericho recently spoke to Busted Open Radio about his choice to walk away from WWE a number of years ago, which came as a shock since the former World Champion was reportedly once close to Vince McMahon.
“I was just working house shows in 2015. I did 60 live events and I wasn’t interested in being on TV. I decided to do a three-month contract in 2016 to do something at WrestleMania – it was supposed to be with (Dean) Ambrose and they changed it to AJ Styles. Then I hooked up with Kevin Owens, and I was like ‘Man, this is really fun.’ It kind of reinvigorated my love and creativity.”
“And then midway through 2017, we had the best story on RAW by far – I’m not being a jerk about that, you can go back and watch how entertaining that story was – and all that garnered us was second match on the card at WrestleMania.”
“Second match – that’s a jobber match. First or last – those are the two, and maybe semi-main event. We were on second after having the best story of the year. I said ‘I’m done, I’m not doing this again.’”
Jericho was a shock signing for AEW back in January 2019 but he has since become one of the biggest stars of the promotion and is already a former AEW World Champion.