Chris Jericho On AEW Keeping Momentum And Not Phoning It In: We’ve Got It Down To A Science Right Now
Chris Jericho says it’s great achieving new accolades and seeing things like “a little bit of the bubbly” catch on but he’s judging his success this year by taking pride in how All Elite Wrestling has been able to maintain their momentum.
Jericho recently spoke with WrestleZone Managing Editor Bill Pritchard and Le Champion was asked about the different achievements he’s seen in his career. Jericho has action figures, best-selling books, World Championships and other milestones to hang his hat on and he was asked if there’s one thing in particular that he’s really proud of. Jericho said that he’s truly proud of AEW hitting their stride, and they’ve been able to maintain that momentum and quality of production in their broadcasts.
“It’s great having bubbly [holds up a bottle of the Bubbly] but it’s not like the Bubbly was the reason it was a good year professionally. I think that I just take things as it comes and the fact that we’re the coolest wrestling company in the world with the most buzz, and in some weeks we’re beating RAW and SmackDown in the demographics—in Canada we beat SmackDown in the ratings this week. That, to me, is the most exciting thing.
“We took a chance to create a whole new style of wrestling and it really made a difference. People were waiting for it and it wasn’t done half-assed, it was done very smartly and we knew we had to be different, which we are. We’ve got a dream roster for any General Manager in any sport and we’ve got our blue-chip future All-Stars, we’ve got the guys in their prime, the top-scorers, and then you’ve got guys like myself and Dustin Rhodes who have won multiple championships, “Stanley Cups”, whatever you want to say.
“I think we’ve got it down to a science right now and we’re only just beginning. We were on such a roll before the pandemic from an attendance standpoint and I think we’ve continued that roll from a quality standpoint of our show. I think once we go back on sale that we’ll be just as hot if not more so because people see that this is the real deal. We didn’t curl up and die or phone things in, we just kept going business as usual. We’d love to be traveling around the country and the world to sold-out crowds—unfortunately, we can’t right now—but we’re putting out the product right now that’s going to enable us to do that when things change.”
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