Chris Jericho is AEW’s biggest signing and it shows, considering Double Or Nothing Sold out in record time. Apparently, he did turn down a few huge deals in order to make AEW a success.
During a recent interview with Wrestling Observer Radio, Jericho revealed that IMPACT Wrestling offered him a ludicrous deal to work four matches in the company. Here is what he said:
“In my mind, I was like from a pure business standpoint, I’m worth as much as Brock Lesnar at this point in time to WWE as far as what I bring to the table. That was just kind of the watermark that I had.”
“So for me to go back to Vince, it was like: ‘I want that type of a deal.’ Because that’s the way it should be in my mind.”
“When I was starting to talk with Tony and you know, I was negotiating with New Japan and even Impact as well– Like I said, the thing is, Impact offered me a hell of a deal for a four-match series. Like it was a really good amount of money. We’re talking mid-seven figures. They have some cash as well. I think people kinda gloss over Impact at this point in time. When they believe in something, they have money for it.”
We will have to wait and see how AEW fares as a promotion. All eyes are on AEW right now, as they have a lot of expectations to meet.
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h/t to Ringside News for the transcription.