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WWE/AEW Rumors: Chris Jericho had talks with WWE before signing with AEW

Daniel Wood
9.60K   //    10 Jan 2019, 02:32 IST

Chris Jericho was in talks with WWE before joining AEW
Chris Jericho was in talks with WWE before joining AEW

What's the story?

Yesterday, during All Elite Wrestling's Double or Nothing Rally, Chris Jericho was one of two former WWE stars to officially sign with the company, the other being Pac (aka Neville).

Shortly afterwards Jericho was moved to the alumni section of WWE's website, but things could have been very different if new rumors are to be believed.

In case you didn't know...

Jericho was the big surprise for AEW appearing at the end of the Double or Nothing Rally with a huge firework display behind him. At the Rally, he revealed that he was 'All In' and would be appearing at the first show for All Elite Wrestling titled 'Double or Nothing'

Jericho joins a list of several top independent names for the new promotion, with Cody, The Young Bucks and Adam 'Hangman' Page also signing for them.

Read Also: All Announced Wrestlers for the All Elite Wrestling promotion so far

The heart of the matter

Jericho signing for All Elite Wrestling seemed fairly obvious given his work with the 'Elite' in New Japan and the fact he was linked to the company when rumors started surfacing a few months ago.

However, Dave Meltzer revealed on Wrestling Observer Radio that it might not have been a given and was a fairly recent decision as the 'Ayatollah of Rock and Roll' had talks with WWE as recently as just before Wrestle Kingdom 13.

"I don't know all the details on the Jericho thing, obviously he's going to be at the second All n, and he's going to have an affiliation which I expected. He had talks with WWE, as recently as, right before I left for Japan. I believe he had his last talks with WWE. So this is a recent thing. I'm not surprised about it."

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Dave Meltzer also seemed to speculate that Jericho's deal might not be a full-time deal like a lot of the other AEW talent will be on, using the basis that Jericho still wanted to continue his NJPW appearances.

"As far as whether this impacts New Japan, what I do know, I don't know this 100%, but what I believe given discussions from as recently as yesterday, is that he's still open to working for New Japan."

What's next?

Chris Jericho has always done what he wants as evident by the fact he put on an entire wrestling cruise last year. I look forward to his next venture.

Do you think Chris Jericho made the right decision leaving WWE? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!