Chris Jericho is one of the icons in the pro wrestling industry. Jericho started his pro wrestling journey in 1990. He competed in numerous independent promotions before joining ECW in 1995. A year later, Jericho signed with WCW. In 1999, he joined WWE and accomplished many things in the company.
In January 2019, Chris Jericho appeared at the All Elite Wrestling media event. Jericho competed in the inaugural Double or Nothing, where he defeated Kenny Omega. He was the first AEW World Champion in the company.
In an interview with Allison Hagendorf, The Ocho said that leaving WWE for AEW was the greatest risk he had ever taken.
“Probably leaving WWE to go with AEW, we didn’t even have TV at the time. Just my boss, Tony Khan, had a lot of passion, and he had the money for it, and we had a roster of guys that I felt could do something. When I got involved, we were able to get on TBS and kind of went from there. So I just think it was one of those things where I thought, ‘I’ve done all I can do in WWE, and I can stay here, but I don’t want to just stay here. I don’t want to just be a guy. Let’s try and change history. Let’s make wrestling a better industry.
And we’ve done that because now there’s a viable second company that people can work at and fans can watch. But it was a real risk, man, because WWE had such a monopoly for so many years. For us to come in there and get such a great demo and a great fanbase out of the gate is something I don’t think anybody really expected. They thought we’d be dead and gone in six months.”
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