Chris Jericho discusses Mike Tyson's popularity

Y2J is one of the ten most prolific pay-per-view performers in WWE history

by Simone Brugnoli
Chris Jericho discusses Mike Tyson's popularity

In August 1999, Chris Jericho joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), staying there, with some breaks, for almost twenty years. In 2018 he returned to Japan, in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), while in 2019 he signed a contract with All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

Jericho is one of the most titled wrestlers of all time, having won 35 titles including WWF/E, WCW, ECW, NJPW, CMLL and AEW. He is credited as the first undisputed WWF champion in history after unifying the WWF Championship and the WCW Championship at Vengeance in 2001.

He is a total of seven times world champion, having once held the WWF Championship and the AEW World Championship, twice the WCW Championship and three times the World Heavyweight Championship.

Jericho on Tyson's popularity

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Y2J spoke about the popularity of Mike Tyson right now: “Tyson is so h*t and popular right now, having him on our show is very much a coup.

It just goes to show timing is everything. Had we done this a year ago, it wouldn’t have been the same. It was very much a timely decision that paid off hugely with press coverage worldwide, with headlines from Chili to Portugal to Mexico to Italy to France, all about Mike Tyson appearing in AEW with Chris Jericho.

It’s great for our company, it’s great for me and it’s great for Mike. It puts him right back in the spotlight, right where he wants to be. The second cruise was such a hit, we knew we had to do a third. Then the pandemic hit, and ‘cruise’ became a dirty word for a while.

But we never wavered, and this isn’t a fool-hearty decision where we said we’d do this no matter what. Norwegian Cruise knows that their business is in trouble if they don’t do things properly and do them right.

After much research and deliberation to make sure the boat is as safe as it can be, times a zillion, we decided to move forward." Then, Chris Jericho added, "When I say ‘we,’ I’m just a cog in the Norwegian Cruise lines, but I’m all for it.

This is February, nine months from now. I think we’ll have a lot of things resolved by then. If not, then we’ll just postpone and do it later. But we have to at least plan for it. If October or November comes around and everything’s cool, then it would be too late if we hadn’t planned. We’re going in optimistically, but also smartly."

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