Chris Jericho makes the rounds on the media circuit following his Talk Is Jericho interview with Jon Moxley.
Former IWGP Intercontinental Champion and current All Elite Wrestling star Chris Jericho welcomed former WWE Champion Jon Moxley onto his Talk Is Jericho podcast and their taped episode was released this past Wednesday. The episode was the talk of the wrestling world for nearly a day and it became the highest rated Talk Is Jericho episode in history. Moxley, formerly known as Dean Ambrose told stories of some the creative frustrations that came with being a WWE superstar. He said that he was paid $500 for his final match in the company, felt like at one point they were trying to bury him on his way out and shared a handful of other stories and opinions.
Chris Jericho spoke about his interview with Moxley while speaking with ESPN. Jericho said that Jon did the right thing by not walking out, quitting or asking for his release. Instead he did the work and waited until his contract expired.
"You finish up your work, you finish out, you do what they want to do, you put over who needs to be put over and you move on to the next territory," Jericho said. "That's the best way to do business. You don't walk out, you don't ask for your release. You don't quit. You finish out the job that you were contracted and expected to do as a professional. Once that's done, then it's up to you. You go where you want to go and do what you want to do, and that's exactly what Moxley did, and he seems quite happy right now. So hopefully that's inspirational to other talent in the business."
Jericho also addressed the idea of CM Punk returning to wrestling for AEW. The former 5-time WWE World Champion has not wrestled since 2014 and Jericho thinks that if Punk were to come back to the sport and/or AEW specifically, he'd be welcomed back with open arms if his return was for the right reasons.
"If he wants to come back to wrestling, it would have to be for the right reasons -- both on his end and on AEW's end," Jericho said. "CM Punk is a unique individual. Could we use him? Of course we can. Could WWE use him? Of course they could. It all depends on what Punk wants to do and what his attitude is when and if he comes back. Because it's a new world now. It's not a negative world, it's a positive world. Especially in AEW. Like I said, if he wants to come in, he'd probably be welcomed with open arms. But I think he would have to kind of prove himself, as he would want to, because I know him. He's a competitor. He's not gonna come back just for a paycheck or just to be famous. If he comes back, it's because he wants to be here, he wants to wrestle and he wants to prove something, and if he doesn't feel that way, he won't come back. The only person that can answer that question, I believe, is CM Punk himself."
CM Punk's name was thrown back into the wrestling fray when a masked man made an appearance at an independent show in Milwaukee and hit a "GTS" and to read more about that story, check out Fightful's published article about the topic.