Chris Jericho's arrival to AEW in 2019 signified a shift in wrestling as Jericho had previously said he would never work for another US promotion that wasn't WWE.
Being a veteran on the roster filled with guys who didn't have much television experience came with the responsibilities of being a leader.
Jericho was ready to take on that responsibility from the very first show.
"Our first show was in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand and we sold it out. I had a team meeting with the roster and I said, 'I want you guys to remember this moment because this is a historical moment in the business. No matter what happens, this is the first time in 20 years that there is an actual company that can sell out Las Vegas, that will do 150,000 buys on pay-per-view, with an actual television deal. Don't take this for granted because it doesn't happen every day and it'll probably never happen again.' I threw my pole in the sand. Undertaker doesn't say he's the locker room leader. I never say that either, but if people have questions, ideas, or concerns, my door is getting knocked on all the time. I feel like Vince sometimes, there's a line of people waiting to talk to me because I have the advice. Not only telling you what you want to hear, but also what you don't want to hear. That's my responsibility as well," Jericho told Steve Austin on Broken Skull Sessions.
Many wrestlers in AEW have credited Jericho with helping them over the past two years, most notably Britt Baker, who has often praised Jericho for fine-tuning her heel character.
Elsewhere during the podcast, Jericho discussed how much longer he plans to keep on wrestling. You can view his full comments by clicking here.
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