AEW Star Chris Jericho recently revealed on his podcast that he wanted AEW Referee Aubrey Edwards to officiate his AEW Heavyweight Title match. This week was Chris Jericho’s “Ref Week” on his podcast. They also spoke about Edwards software career before she joined All Elite Wrestling.
Edwards for the first female referee in the world to officiate a heavyweight title match for a big wrestling promotion at AEW All Out. Edwards stated that she was actually nervous before she headed into the match.
Aubrey Edwards on Chris Jericho's podcast
"It's kind of funny because, once again, coming here, there's a lot of people I don't know," Jericho stated.
"So, I'm sitting and just watching the matches and seeing this vibe, and I said to Cody, 'She's really a ref.' That's when I was thinking, okay, we're doing this title match with Hangman. I want to have Aubrey, the first-ever female ref in a world heavyweight title match.
"Which is terrifying. I'm not going lie, I was scared in that match," Edwards admitted. "People ask me my favorite matches and they assume it's that one. Oh, no. I was all in my head. I was so worried. It's my first time working with Chris.
Turns out you're cool, great guy, and super easy to work with, but I'm like, oh god. I'm so nervous. I'm worried I'm just going to drop the belt because it's 40 pounds. I was so in my head about that whole thing that I don't think I enjoyed it at the moment.
And watching it back after, I'm like, okay, this was good. I'm happy with my performance. I could have done a couple of things differently, but I was nerve-racked." After the PPV event, AEW hired Aubrey Edwards to work full-time for them.
Chris Jericho stated that WWE would have probably made a big deal of letting a female officiate a Heavyweight Title Match. He stated that they would have promoted that. "I mean I thought that was a pretty big deal," Jericho said.
"It was WWE, [they] would shove it down people's throats to where it's like, oh my gosh, but we didn't have to. We made a point of it, and once again, now we have another main event ref because that is a thing, the main event ref that works the main event.