All Elite Wrestling (AEW) world champion Chris Jericho was recently interviewed by journalist Jim Varsallone. During the interview, Jericho talked about The Inner Circle and how AEW wants to create new stars in the professional wrestling business. In addition, he revealed that he was offered to be part of the nWo group.
“I think it’s a group of five guys, who were all chosen for their specific personalities and their specific wrestling styles,” Jericho began. “Everyone has become a much bigger star because of the Inner Circle, including me because you have a very exciting faction that there’s a reason for. You’ve got a great tag team of street thugs. Sammy Guevara, who’s got that quality about him that people don’t like. He’s also a great looking guy that the girls like-he’s the bad boy, super talented in the ring. He’s become my co-pilot when it comes to promos and stuff. Then you got Jake Hager, who’s an undefeated MMA fighter at this point. We’ve pushed them that way.”
Jericho also adds that AEW is about building new stars. Jericho explains that, whether they are part of a faction or not, there is a lot of talent and that they are a company with different styles within the ring that excites fans.
“We have guys that people have already seen, but we have to build other ones, which is what we’ve done very quickly,” Jericho added. “If you look at Sammy Guevara, MJF, Darby Allin, Scorpio Sky, Jungle Boy, and others, these are our homegrown stars. That’s what you have to do to really make it as an alternative company. It’s great to have a couple of guys from WWE if we can get them if we don’t, we’re not focused on that. We’re focused on building our own guys that we can make out of scratch.”
Coming from the experience, Jericho knows the internal and external dynamics of the characters and how to change them in time. He revealed in his interview what his secret is to remain relevant as a professional wrestler today.
“I think it’s a commitment,” Jericho started off saying. “When I started feeling burnt out, I left. When I started feeling creatively unfilled, I made changes-constant reinventions but not forced. Every kind of aspect of my character through the years has been something that I just thought felt right. You couldn’t say “Le Champion” unless you had total commitment to it to get it over. If not, it’s just a fake French word that sounds kind of dumb. But if you say it with conviction, suddenly everyone’s calling out ‘Le Champion.’
“All those phases of Jericho (Pain Maker, The List, Y2J) they were where I was at the time. I can’t go back and play Y2J the same way Robert Plant doesn’t want to go sing Led Zeppelin songs anymore, he just doesn’t feel it. That’s why I went to AEW because I knew if I went back to WWE, the first thing they’re going to want me to do is put somebody on The List and I just don’t feel that anymore. I just have to recreate, rediscover, and be something new. If you like what I’m doing, enjoy it, because once I’m finished with it, I’m not going to come back to it.”
Jericho admitted that this is the first time in his 30-year career that leads a faction, as well as the first time he is considered a prominent man in any promotion.
“Yeah, it’s the first time I’m leading a stable and it’s also the first time I’ve been kind of the top guy-well, in New Japan, I was the top, top guy,” Jericho recalled. “I call myself the George Harrison of the Attitude Era. What I mean by that is, George Harrison is one of the greatest songwriters of all time. The problem is, he’s in a band with John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the two greatest, ever. I was a babyface in the Attitude Era. I was huge and super popular, but I was a babyface along with The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. So, I would never be the top guy there. I could be the top heel, which I was for many years, but here it’s more about what Chris Jericho is doing for AEW to continue to get this company on the map to get it to grow.
“It’s also the first time I’ve ever been in a faction. There’s a reason for that, I don’t play well with others. I never really wanted that. I remember back in ’98, one of the suggestions was for me to be in 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. For the Inner Circle, it enhances my character, our storylines, and gave five very talented individuals a much bigger platform and got them over to a much bigger degree as well.”
Transcription courtesy of WrestlingINC