Chris Jericho has signed a contract extension with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) that will keep him with the company until December 2025. Difference He learned alone.
Jericho also takes on additional responsibilities behind the scenes and now serves as a producer and creative consultant in addition to continuing to mentor young talent.
“Chris Jericho has long cemented his legacy as one of professional wrestling’s greatest wrestlers, and we are fortunate to have his talent, charisma, knowledge and insights in AEW for years to come.” He said in his statement that it was the creation of the United Nations. “Chris has found a fountain of youth this year, and is putting on some great matches against some of the biggest names in wrestling in his storied career. Expanding his responsibilities, he will continue to serve as a valuable leader with access to one of the most creative minds in wrestling history.
Jericho was one of the original stars signed with AED to launch the promotion, which included a six-month run as the first AED World Champion. Most recently, the wrestling legend won the Ring of Honor (ROH) World Championship, with Khan buying ROH in May 2022. He will defend that title against Dalton Castle tonight on a special Tuesday edition of “AEW Dynamite” on TBS.
In an interview with DifferenceJericho had a simple answer as to why he chose to stick with the UN and sign this extension.
“The simple answer is, ‘Why not?'” Jericho said. I think it is. “Things were going well in the company, and I feel like this is my company. I mean it’s tattooed on my heart. I’ve been here since day one, and I have no reason not to be here going forward.
“When MLA first started, I think it was basically Chris Jericho and a bunch of guys who were probably not that well known,” he continued. “In the three months that have changed and now in three years, we’ve had at least a dozen, maybe two dozen of our own stars come into their own on EAD TV.”
Jericho has been incredibly popular with wrestling fans over the years. He is currently going by the nickname “The Ocho” as he holds the ROH Championship for the eighth time in his career.
“I think growing myself and always reinventing myself is what keeps me going,” he said. “And now I have the freedom to be creative and do whatever I think will work. I’ve never had that before. I don’t have to worry about anyone else’s opinion. Obviously, Tony Kahn weighs in from time to time, but it’s really just an open canvas to paint whatever picture I want to paint.” And that makes it more fun.
In terms of his role in AEW, Jericho compares himself to hockey great Gordie Howe, who played at the highest levels of the sport in the 50’s. He said he considers himself the “old man” of the locker room and spends most of his time in AEW working with other undrafted talent working on their matches and giving advice on how to improve.
Finally, Jericho expressed his hopes for a run as the ROH Champion, stating that he wanted to make the belt more prominent in the business behind the AEW World Championship.
“It’s very simple. “I said I want to tarnish the legacy of Ring of Honor,” he said. “Well, who stopped me from doing that? We don’t know yet. But at some point they accidentally killed the dragon and became a big star because of it.