Chris Jericho talks referee choice for main event.
At AEW All Out, history was made in the main event as Aubrey Edwards became the first female referee to officiate a World Title match. Not only did Edwards count the victory, she got into a heated exchange with Jericho for daring to put his hands on her.
"I specifically requested [Aubrey Edwards] to be our referee for two reasons," explained Jericho. "One, I think she's the best referee in the company. We have some good referees, but I like her style. And I like the fact that we have the first female referee officiating a World Title match. You talk about the Women's Revolution; I think the fact that she's my favorite referee, I thought she was deserving of the honor. She did a great job. It led to an awesome spot in the middle of the match."
Jericho would later explain that he didn't want to do a "comedy" spot with Edwards following him shoving her like Ric Flair, who would famously drop to his knees or beg off when confronted by an official. Instead, Jericho politely backed off when Edwards got in his face, respecting her authority.
The day after officiating the All Out main event, Edwards announced that she had signed a full-time deal with AEW. Meanwhile, Jericho lost, but fortunately reclaimed, the World Title handed to him by Edwards.
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