• Former WWE Champion Says AEW Wouldn’t Have Gotten Off The Ground So Quickly If It Wasn’t For Him
WWF Attitude Era Legend Chris Jericho was recently interviewed on the AEW Unrestricted podcast, where he praised himself for helping Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling to get off the ground so quickly since the promotion started out in 2019.
Here’s what the first-ever AEW World Champion had to say:
“The company wasn’t built around me but, at the risk of sounding egotistical, if there was no Chris Jericho, I don’t know if the company would have gotten off the ground as quickly as it did.
I say that because I think at the time I was the only national kind of superstar name that was involved.
Keep in mind, no one really knew Cody (Rhodes) at that point … and as much buzz as Kenny [Omega] and Matt and Nick Jackson had, they were still mostly just kind of regional guys.
They were worldwide stars, but when it comes to national TV in the (United) States, they didn’t have any experience for that.”
After runs with ECW (1996) and WCW (1996-1999), Chris Jericho wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation (later WWE) from 1999 to 2005 and again from 2007 until 2010 and from 2011 till 2018.
In late 2001, he became the first ever Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion, thus unifying the by far most prestigious World Titles on the planet, the WWF Championship and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (October 3, 1999) – WWF Sunday Night HEAT
On this day in 1999, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Sunday Night HEAT’.
This was the official pre-show of the ‘WWF Unforgiven 1999’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
– Viscera vs. Chaz
– WWF Hardcore Title: Al Snow vs. Mideon
– The Godfather vs. Gangrel