Chris Jericho Reflects on Importance of Sting Collaboration, Recalls Initial Concept

An unexpected alliance takes center stage in AEW wrestling.

by Noman Rasool
Chris Jericho Reflects on Importance of Sting Collaboration, Recalls Initial Concept

In a recent interview on the AEW-some podcast, esteemed wrestler Chris Jericho opened up about his current face-off with iconic wrestling figure Sting, adding an exciting dimension to their storyline. The anticipation is building among fans as last Wednesday's AEW Dynamite set the stage for the first-ever confrontation between these two veteran performers, raising questions about the possible outcomes of this budding feud.

"This is the very first time in both of our careers, which probably spans 70 years, that either of us has set foot in the ring together. Not for a showdown, not for a battle royal, absolutely nothing," Jericho shared with the podcast hosts, underlining the historic nature of this event.

It's noteworthy to mention that despite their extensive careers in the industry, Jericho and Sting had never crossed paths before.

Jericho Recalls Off-Camera Meeting

What makes this story even more interesting is the disclosure by Jericho about an untelevised encounter with Sting.

This happened in 2021 during a special farewell ceremony for Keith Mitchell, a well-respected figure in professional wrestling. "Keith Mitchell, the long-serving director of Dynamite, who also directed Nitro and World Class with the Von Erichs for many years, retired in 2021," Jericho recounted.

A sendoff was organized for Mitchell in front of a small crowd in Jacksonville amidst the pandemic lockdown. "Sting was in the ring, and I was asked to join him. That was the first instance where Sting and I shared the ring. However, it was off-camera, off the TV." During this off-screen interaction, the seeds were sown for a potential collaboration between the two.

Jericho reflected on his conversation with Sting, "I remember thinking and telling him, 'This is unbelievable. We've never collaborated. When the time is right, we absolutely must.' " With this backdrop, last Wednesday's face-off holds even more significance.

"The time was right on Wednesday for the first confrontation, Sting versus Chris Jericho," said Jericho. As this never-before-seen feud unfolds, fans worldwide are poised on the edge of their seats, eagerly anticipating what's next in this thrilling chapter of professional wrestling history.

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