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Chris Jericho Says He Would’ve Left Wrestling If AEW Wasn’t Created – Was Tired Of WWE’s Sh*t

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• Chris Jericho Says He Would’ve Left Wrestling If AEW Wasn’t Created – Was Tired Of WWE’s Sh*t

While speaking on Busted Open Radio, Chris Jericho said that he was frustrated about the fact that WWE put on his match against Kevin Owens for the United States Championship second at WrestleMania 33, and it made him lose interest in wrestling.

Here’s what Jericho said:

“Well, it’s funny, because in 2015 – if that’s what you were talking about and Don [Callis], Lance [Storm], and Lenny [Lane] and I were at Madison Square Garden – there was a show on October 3rd, which on that date, I claimed it was the exact day of my anniversary. It was a day later, but for marketing purposes, it sounded much better. But I was just working House Shows in 2015. I did 16 Live Events and I wasn’t interested in being on TV.

And then after that, I decided to do a three-month contract in 2016 to do something at WrestleMania [32]. I don’t remember, it was supposed to be with [Dean] Ambrose and they changed to AJ [Styles], but then, I hooked up with Kevin Owens and I realized then, this is really fun.

It kind of reinvigorated my love and creativity and then, midway through ’17, when we had the best story on RAW by far and 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 the second match on the card at WrestleMania. Second match! Don will tell you that’s a jobber match. It’s either first or last. Those are the two; maybe a semi-main event. We were on second?

After having the best show of the year, I was like, ‘You know what? I’m done. I’m not doing this again.’ And I split to do Fozzy when Judas took off and I wasn’t interested in going back to wrestling until Don put the idea, ‘What do you think about working with Kenny Omega?’

And when I went to New Japan, it was like this whole new world of creativity opened up where I was like, ‘This is what wrestling is supposed to be!’ There are no scripts, there’s no queueing in the camera with what the bumps and what the dives are, and sometimes, that’s bad. But it was real and that’s where it all started coming back to me again. Doing those New Japan shows, I did six matches there which led me to AEW.

If there was no AEW, I might not be wrestling right now because I didn’t want to deal with the sh*t anymore and that’s not a bad thing. It’s just the way it is there [in WWE].

Either you deal with it or you don’t and I was over it and now in AEW, it’s me getting to be me and if you say the last three years of my career have been my best, I’ll tell you the last year has probably been one of the most fun I ever had because there are no restrictions!

How creative can you be? Can we do a match revolving around Mimosa because Orange Cassidy is Orange Juice and I’m the Champagne guy? How can we do this? Let’s put it together and there were no restrictions, no problems, no hassle, no nothing. I drew the worst picture ever of what I wanted to do. I said it to Tony Khan five minutes later and he’s like, ‘Let’s do it.’ That’s what we do here.

We be creative and we work towards putting on the best show and everybody in AEW’s roster gets a chance to make it. Everybody! Everybody on this roster. There’s nobody here that’s just here to be, ‘Oh, a Dark guy and this guy’s a developmental guy.’ No, screw that! You’re signed here to be the main event player. I don’t care if you’re 22 or 52, everybody gets a shot and that makes it such a huge difference to the roster and the fans’ perception and all of us.”

Also Read: Chris Jericho Says DX vs. Brothers Of Destruction At Crown Jewel 2018 Was The Worst WWE Match Ever

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