Chris Jericho on Vince McMahon's' reaction to his departure to AEW

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Chris Jericho on Vince McMahon's' reaction to his departure to AEW

Chris Jericho brings us interesting views on situations on the wrestling scene every day. This time, he recalled his departure to AEW and the reaction of Vince McMahon, former head of WWE. It looked like Vince McMahon didn't believe Jericho would leave the WWE.

“I did give WWE a chance though, I did give them a chance I said here’s the offer that I’ve gotten from this new company and I was told, Vince says to take it. I think he thought I was bluffing, I took it then about a week later Vince was like ‘you took it?’, I said yeah, he said, ‘can you get out of it?’.

No! You told me to take it why would I try and get out of it? He was asking me like ‘what kind of a TV deal have they got?’, I was like ‘you can’t ask me these questions!’. ”- he said, as quoted by

AEW beginnings

In his Podcast, he also recalled how it all began.

“When the idea came for AEW, and you’ve heard it a million times. ‘Oh, there’s a new wrestling company. This guy’s got some money.’ Whatever. Same thing over and over again. It took me a while to really believe what Tony was talking about because what you need to start a company is you need money and a lot of it, which the Khan family has.

You need a great television deal, which we didn’t have at the time, but we finally got it with TNT and TBS. You need a collection of guys who aren’t retreads or haven’t lived up to their full potential, and we had that with The Elite right out of the gate, and then bringing in Moxley right out of the bat for the first show that we had.

That’s a guy who was not even close to living up to his full potential. You can see that now. Moxley now is so much better and bigger than he ever was as Dean Ambrose. So we had all three of those things, and also a passion and a desire, and there was a point to prove”.