Chris Jericho faced Kenny Omega at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom in 2018. This match led to the formation of AEW in the following year after Tony Khan, President and CEO of AEW was impressed.
Tony Khan felt confident of starting a new promotion
During the podcast, Chris Jericho said that match in Japan made huge business and drew global interest.
Chris Jericho said:
“That made Tony Khan go, ‘Holy smokes, I think I can start my own wrestling company’ because my match with Omega at Tokyo Dome did such good business worldwide.”
Chris Jericho on his greatest achievement
The first-ever AEW Champion spoke about his proudest moment of his entire career. He revealed his accomplishment to be forming AEW.
“Right now [is the proudest moment of my career]. To have AEW built up, and the stuff we’ve done in just a year, just makes me feel incredibly proud.”
He also mentioned his stint and final feuds in WWE. ‘The Demi-God’ said that he almost retired after leaving the company. But, his match against Kenny Omega in Japan and formation of AEW helped him stay in the wrestling business.
“There was a certain time in 2015 [in WWE] when I just did house shows. I was not on TV. And then the feud with Kevin Owens really reinvigorated me, and then the match with Kenny in Japan made me go, ‘Oh my god, this is wrestling.’ I would have probably quit wrestling if not for AEW, and now I have no plans to stop.”
Chris Jericho would be completing three decades in the wrestling industry as a pro wrestler. The October 7 edition of AEW Dynamite will see a special edition for him