AEW superstar Chris Jericho recently spoke with TambaBay.com to talk all things pro-wrestling. The former world champion discusses his devastating new finisher the Judas Effect, how WWE will most likely never mention his name on television anymore, and commends head commentator Jim Ross on his years of experience as a promoter. Highlights are below.
On the Judas Effect:
I wanted something that had never been done before, that I’d never seen before. Not just a whole move, but a whole new story that I can tell. No one’s ever kicked out of the Judas…No one ever will. And if they do, it’ll be a big f–king deal.
WWE never mentioning his name again:
They’ll probably never mention me again. I don’t blame them. Why would they promote me in any way, shape or form, when I’m the head of this opposing army, in their opinion, that’s stealing money out of their pockets?
Jim Ross being a natural marketer:
He’s a natural born marketer. He’ll be selling something until he dies,” says veteran wrestling announcer Jim Ross, who recruited Jericho into the WWE, and now calls his matches with AEW. “He’s a student of this whole process. He’s not a dumb guy. He is his own business.
On if he’s hard to work with:
Am I hard to work with? Maybe to somebody who’s used to working with yes men, and people that just want to get along, yes,” he says. “If you’re looking for somebody that’s going to do his utmost best to get the job done right, to put on the best possible program and best possible story line at the risk of hurting people’s feelings? Then yes, I’m hard to deal with. I earned Vince’s trust. And it takes a long time to get his real trust. Moneymaking trust. … He’s never told me this, but indirectly, I think he regrets losing me, because I was one of his generals. I’m not always right, but f–k if I’m not close 80 percent of the time.