As part of the celebration marking 30 years in the business this week, Chris Jericho appeared on Busted Open Radio to discuss his departure from WWE and how it allowed him to reach this milestone. Jericho was tired of dealing with how things worked in WWE, and he’s got plenty of other ventures to occupy his time. He was quick to point out that, once AEW became an option and he jumped ship, everyone else in WWE got a raise to prevent them from making the same move.
"If there was no @AEW, I might not be wrestling anymore…"@IAmJericho talks to @davidlagreca1 & @THETOMMYDREAMER as he celebrates 30 years in pro wrestling…@AEWonTNT #AEWDynamite #AEWonTNT pic.twitter.com/C0L3e8YRjE
— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) October 7, 2020
Jericho is also a firm believer that NXT is on Wednesday specifically to stop AEW’s momentum, and that Dynamite would occasionally be doing RAW numbers if they aired unopposed. He says that this is due to AEW’s creative freedom, and its idea that everyone on the roster is there to try to be a main eventer. For example, the Mimosa Mayhem match came about thanks to a hastily scribbled drawing that Jericho handed to Tony Khan, and it was almost instantly approved. That doesn’t happen in WWE, and Jericho implies that this is part of their ongoing problems.