Published: Fri, January 11, 2019

Chris Jericho Claims Vince McMahon Wasn't Blindsided By AEW Signing

Chris Jericho Claims Vince McMahon Wasn't Blindsided By AEW Signing

Arguably, the biggest news that came out of the recent "Double or Nothing" rally that was held by the new All Elite Wrestling promotion was that Chris Jericho has signed with them and will be competing in the new AEW. However, with Jericho's history, he could always be trolling. Jericho compared it to a much cooler version of WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan joining WCW in 1994, two years before Hogan would form the nWo. So when Jericho shows up there, it's like, "Oh my gosh, Chris Jericho is there?"

Jericho was asked what it felt like to be involved with the AEW rally in Jacksonville, knowing that WWE was nearby preparing for the SmackDown tapings for that night.

"Jericho said: "'I'm not here for the money, I've already got the money".

The race to sign up top free agents in pro-wrestling right now has amped up with both WWE and AEW aggressively trying to sign top indie talents.


Another development that signals the end of Jericho's involvement as a WWE wrestler is his name being dropped from the list of active members in the SmackDown Live roster.

And even though he's not a contracted wrestler anymore for WWE, it would be a major kick in the teeth for Vince McMahon who placed Goldberg in the Hall of Fame just a year ago.

Jericho announced that he's "all in with All Elite Wrestling".

During an appearance on X-Pac's podcast, Khan stated, per WrestlingInc: "I have spent some time with Bill, I really like Bill, a lot, and he's one of the greatest drawing cards ever in the business". I didn't just show up in Jacksonville and that was it. They want to make a go of this, and they have a lot of money, and they have a lot of capital, they have a lot of business acumen in sports and entertainment. There is also said to be a "wait and see" attitude regarding if AEW will be a success long-term. They might've heard of this New Japan, they might've known some of the guys that were in it, but they weren't really paying attention to it.

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