Chris Jericho says he wouldn’t have signed with AEW without a “strong TV deal”

Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho made an appearance on “Busted Open” on SiriusXM satellite radio this week to talk about the big news that he has signed with All Elite Wrestling.

During the appearance, Jericho talked about how AEW’s first event won’t be taking place until May 25 when the company holds Double or Nothing, the follow up to ALL IN.

He mentioned that starting up a wrestling company requires a lot of work and that AEW has a lot of work ahead before they run the first event in Las Vegas. Jericho also talked about a big infrastructure of backstage talent being signed to help get the company off the ground, in addition to the talent who were part of the rally this past Tuesday.

Jericho made it clear he wouldn’t have signed with AEW had they not been in discussions about a strong television deal in the coming months.

“I wouldn’t have gone to All Elite if there wasn’t a strong TV deal on the table being worked on and there’s a couple that I know of that are on the table. Both of them are like, wow. When it’s announced, if it’s one of those two, you’ll go, ‘Well, that’s what they need.'”

Bully Ray, who was in studio, asked a follow up to that statement about television and asked if the networks in question were so big that fans would know they are the real deal. Jericho confirmed the television networks in question were that big.

Jericho added that a lot of people may not be aware of talents like Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks or Cody Rhodes, but he has a name and if he is willing to attach his name to a brand like All Elite Wrestling, they are serious about making noise.

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