Action Andretti had a night to remember on Wednesday's AEW Dynamite when he scored an upset victory over Chris Jericho.
Following the bout, Tony Khan announced that Andretti had officially signed with AEW.
Appearing on Busted Open Radio, Andretti was asked how he felt when he found out he was going to face Chris Jericho.
"I just felt grateful. I couldn't believe that was the situation I was going to be in and to have that many eyes on me. Chris, right now, is doing excellent things in AEW, and has been for the past couple of years. The fact that I had the opportunity to go up against the former World Champion, just lost the Ring of Honor Championship, coming off the great run he had with that title. It was a lot, but I was super ready for it and I knew I had to show up and show out, and I feel like that's what I did. It was a really cool opportunity, I'm super grateful I got that opportunity and made the most of it, even for the victory over Chris Jericho," he said.
After his victory, Andretti did a stage dive into the crowd to celebrate. When he got backstage, his peers were celebrating with him.
"I just wanted to thank everybody who helped get me there because I felt there was a lot of people who believed in me and knew that I could do what I did. I wanted to show them my appreciation," he said when discussing how he felt when he got backstage. "When I walked to the back, I literally had all the boys and girls that were watching backstage just stand up and clap for me, give me a standing ovation. To be the new guy coming in to the locker room and have a little bit of respect like that and show me, 'Wow, we're really impressed with your work,' is so cool because a lot of those people I look up to as well and are big fans of. To have them come up to me and say such good and positive things, it's an incredible feeling and let's me know I'm doing something right. It's such a cool thing. I love all the boys and girls backstage, they've been so nice to me. It seems like they genuinely want what is best for me and to help me out moving forward. It's a really cool feeling."
Asked if he watched the match back, Andretti said, "Usually, anytime I have a match, I'm just dying to watch it back right away. I just want to see what was good, what was bad, what I could have done better, how the crowd reacts. I didn't watch this one right away because of my phone blowing up and talking to people backstage. I watched it last night a couple of times."
Before signing with AEW, Andretti was a regular for MCW Pro Wrestling and CZW.
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