Cinematic wrestling matches have taken the sport by storm since the coronavirus pandemic and Chris Jericho couldn't be more proud of the effort that went into the Stadium Stampede.
The Stadium Stampede match between The Inner Circle and The Elite at AEW Double or Nothing has received a lot of praise for its action and presentation and in an interview with ESPN, Jericho discussed the time and editing that went into creating the match.
"When you film a movie, there's weeks, months of filming, weeks and months of editing. All that different stuff. We filmed the entire Stadium Stampede in nine hours. From 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday night to Saturday morning. And we had three hours to edit it before we had to take it to the truck. What we created in that time frame is monumental. We literally should win an Emmy for that. You've got 10 guys and a great crew that were all on the same page. We all knew what we wanted. What's a Stadium Stampede match? Well, it's a match in a stadium. But we went out there [at the Jacksonville Jaguars' TIAA Bank Field] on the first day, on Thursday, to see. I'm like, it's an empty stadium. It's an empty football field. With empty rows and rows and rows of chairs. We're gonna have to dress this up a bit. And that's kind of what we did."
He continued, "We made this amazing spectacle that no one had ever seen before. It embodied everything of what pro wrestling is. It was serious, it was dangerous, it was breathtaking, it was funny, it was creative, it was unique, it was adventurous. It really was more of a short film than a match. And that's what we wanted. It's one of my favorite things and one of the best things that I've done in 30 years in this business."
The Stadium Stampede ended with Kenny Omega hitting a super one-winged angel on Sammy Guevara off a balcony in the stadium.
You can find highlights from the Stadium Stampede by clicking here.