All Elite Wrestling may be the new home of Chris Jericho, but Y2J says Impact was a close contender after putting a “great offer” on the table.
Jericho detailed his path to leaving WWE and signing with AEW on the latest episode of his podcast. This includes all his dealings with Vince McMahon over the past year, who didn’t sound happy with Chris appearing at New Year Dash last year to attack Naito or that he signed a 3-match NJPW deal.
Y2J also talks about participating in the Greatest Royal Rumble event and says he wasn’t too keen on being part of the show, but it was one of his top paydays of all-time.
In case you forgot … Jericho was supposed to participate in a casket match against Undertaker at GRR, but Rusev ended up in the spot after initially being pulled for Chris. Y2J says the switch back to Rusev happened not long after he informed Vince that he had signed a 3-match deal with New Japan.
As for Impact, here’s what Jericho had to say:
“I’ve been really impressed by IMPACT over the past year. I thought Don Callis and Scott D’Amore have really turned things around in that company. I really, really enjoy it, and I thought long and hard about doing some shows there. I even had a meeting with Scott and Don in Toronto with Ed Nordholm; the offer they made was a great offer. That’s something funny, when I hear ‘all of these companies are vying for talent, free agents—WWE, AEW, Ring Of Honor, New Japan MLW—dude, what about IMPACT? They’ve got money. They were going to spend some money on Chris Jericho. We had some great matches planned—Jericho versus Sami Callihan, maybe … Johnny Impact, Brian Cage, Rich Swann. I’d love to work with Rich Swann.
So, I did honestly talk to IMPACT and really, really thought about going there, and then Tony Khan came in with this offer, that’s the biggest offer I’ve ever been offered in my career.”
Chris also explains that he decided to sign with AEW because they’re showing him respect and he wants to help them build an alternative wrestling company.
FYI — Jericho says his AEW deal is for 3-years and still allows him to work in New Japan.
Listen to the full show below.