Chris Jericho is on top of the world in AEW as the reigning AEW World Champion. And he wants to make sure others are elevated because of it.
Speaking to the New York Post, Jericho discussed his role as the top star in AEW.
“When you’re the top guy, you don’t hide and stop others from getting in there because then it just becomes stale and it dies,” said Jericho, “Your job as the top guy is to help everyone else up on top of the mountain so that there are 15 top guys and everybody is making money and everyone’s having a great time, people are enjoying the show and the product. Hulk Hogan called me a few months ago and said, ‘What you guys are doing is putting guys no one had ever heard of in a main-event spot and having them believe that they can beat you."
Jericho has been the top guy elsewhere, being the first-ever WWE Undisputed Champion and main eventing WrestleMania 19. But in the interview, Jericho revealed that he didn't believe he was ready for the headlining spot until 2018.
“Could I have done more in WCW in a headlining position? Would I have been good? I don’t know. In my mind I’d be great,” Jericho said. “The first time I was put in a headlining position in WWF, I wasn’t ready, and in WCW, it was a couple years earlier. So maybe I wasn’t ready. And as the career goes forward, I can tell you the exact moment when I knew I had become a legit, headlining, main-event guy and the exact moment where I became the top guy, which was in New Japan Jan. 4, 2018 [versus Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom], which led to [me] being the top guy here in AEW.”
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