Chris Jericho is one of the most popular and decorated wrestlers of any era. In addition to being a seven-time world champion, Y2J has captured the United States title twice, the World Tag Team Championship seven times and the Intercontinental Championship nine times, becoming one of four wrestlers to have completed the Grand Slam with both the old than with the new format.
During the presentation of 'Double or Nothing', the first pay-per-view of All Elite Wrestling held on January 8, 2019, Jericho confirmed that he was part of the new federation and attacked Kenny Omega, who he had faced a few months earlier in Japan.
In a recent interview with 'Lucha Libre Online', the legendary Kurt Angle crowned Jericho as the best performer of all time.
Kurt Angle pays tribute to Chris Jericho
“Chris Jericho was able to do great things with his characters, renewing his style and transcending wrestling.
He has had the ability to stay on top of the wave even after turning 50, as well as having done everything during his 30-year career," said Kurt Angle. "We are talking about an incredibly talented athlete, who nevertheless had the humility to work hard every single day.
Until a few years ago, I put him on the same level as Shawn Michaels. However, having accomplished further feats in AEW, I must admit that he is the greatest ever. He has combined longevity and effectiveness like no other in wrestling history," added the former Olympic gold medalist.
Kurt threw a dig at today's superstars: “Wrestling is having a great time, thanks in part to the rise of other federations besides WWE. Business is booming and athletes have plenty of opportunities to show off. I just wish it would take more time to build the storylines.
It takes time and patience for a story to work, you don't have to speed it up too much. Today's matches seem to have become a festival of commercials. You can create a good match even without a slew of spectacular moves." During the latest episode of his Something to Wrestle podcast, Bruce Prichard stated that Kurt Angle's move to TNA was not surprising as he knew the latter could not remain idle for long.
"No [on whether or not he was surprised to see Kurt Angle in TNA]. I think Kurt was in denial and I think Kurt needed something. Kurt always needs something to do." Prichard continued, "So while Kurt may say with his mouth, 'I need to rest.
I need to do that. I need to rejuvenate. I need to do this to recover or what have you.' He will say the right things, but Kurt's drive will not allow him to sit and do the things necessary a lot of times."