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Chris Jericho Reveals When He Was Asked To Join The nWo

Chris Jericho WWF Undisputed Champion 2001 2002

• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (January 19, 1991) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling

On this day in 1991, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.

This episode was pre-taped at the Sundome in Tampa, Florida and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 1991’ PPV, that happened later on the same day.

Here’s the card:

1. Jake Roberts vs. Bob Bradley

2. Earthquake vs. Randy Hunter

3. The Hart Foundation vs. Black Bart & W.T. Jones

4. Mr. Perfect vs. Tony Reno

5. Bushwhackers vs. Dennis Allen & The Gladiator

• Chris Jericho Reveals When He Was Asked To Join The nWo

During a recent interview with Jim Varsallone, Old School WWF Legend & current AEW World Champion Chris Jericho talked about AEW being built on his shoulders, when he was asked to join the nWo & more.

Below are the highlights:

On AEW being built on his shoulders:

“The fact that it was basically built on my shoulders out of the gate. I think having Chris Jericho involved really kind of legitimized them as a company.

To have a real, not to stroke my own ego, but a real big name that everyone knows, and they go, ‘Wow, Jericho’s there? We’ve heard of Kenny Omega or the Bucks, we kind of know Cody, but Chris Jericho, that’s a WWE cornerstone at this point.’ So to kind of have that pressure and to see it pay off has been really, really rewarding.”

On how he has managed to stay on top after so many years:

“I just think commitment. When I started getting burned out, I left. When I started feeling creatively unfilled, I made changes. Constant reinvention, but not forced. Every kind of aspect of my character through the years is just something that feels right.

When you say ‘Le Champion’, you couldn’t say that unless you had total commitment to it to know that you can get it over. If not, it’s just a fake French word that sounds kind of dumb. But if you have conviction and believe it, suddenly everyone is calling you Le Champion, they think it’s fun to say.

So if you look from Le Champion to Painmaker to ‘a little bit of the bubbly’ to ‘The List’ to ‘It’ to Y2J and ‘the suit and tie hypocrite guy’ and all those phases of Chris Jericho, were all where I was at the time. I couldn’t go back and play Y2J the same way that Robert Plant doesn’t want to go sing Led Zeppelin songs anymore. Just doesn’t feel it.

It’s one of the reasons I went to AEW, because I knew if I go back to WWE, the first thing they’re gonna want me to do is put somebody on The List, and I just don’t feel that anymore, I feel it’s almost a nostalgia thing.

So I constantly have to recreate and rediscover and be something new, and I said it in an interview a few weeks ago, if you like what I’m doing, enjoy it, because once I’m finished with it, I’m not gonna come back to it.”

On when he was asked to join the nWo:

“I remember back in ’98, one of the suggestions was for me to be in the nWo and I was like, ‘Absolutely not, there are 15 guys in the nWo, they don’t need me and I don’t need them.’”

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