Chris Jericho gets to reinvent himself again, and now with more input than ever.
After decades of making his case among the all-time greats, Chris Jericho's later years have been some of his best, helping that once-outlandish claim much more realistic in the eyes of many. When speaking to ScreenGeek recently, Jericho discussed how his AEW run and who gets to decide how and what he says on the air.
"There's kind of an infrastructure, you've heard of the EVP's, Cody, and obviously Tony Khan is the boss. So there's a little bit of a committee, I guess you'd say, But, for me, I pretty much write all my own stuff. That's not to say I'm not gonna take suggestions, but definitely when it comes to a final approval, and not from a dickish standpoint, from knowing what's gonna work and what's not gonna work after doing this for 29 years. So, it's going to be interesting. It's great to be able to book a show and then have two months til the next one, which has been our schedule. But now, you have every week. Wednesday after Wednesday after Wednesday," said Jericho.
With Jericho writing his own material, and it seemingly being the case for much of the roster, there isn't that much use for a massive writing team in AEW. There's already an abundance of talent, as well. So much so, that Jericho says the company isn't actively looking to add people.
"We're not looking to hire anybody else right now," said Jericho. "If someone comes along that makes sense, we will, but we have so much talent that people don't even know, they don't even know the Young Bucks yet! That's what I'm saying, you have to understand, this is our first show, you can't assume that everyone knows who these guys are. I haven't been on TV for two years. What's the first line I ever said on AEW TV? 'My name is Chris Jericho, and I am the champion of AEW'. That pretty much tells the tale. 'Oh, who is that guy? Oh, he's the champion?' Boom. Done. It's like a good movie poster that tells you what it is."
You can check out Chris Jericho's full interview with ScreenGeek at this link. He defends his AEW World Championship this weekend against Cody at AEW Full Gear.