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Chris Jericho On How Vince McMahon Reacted When He Told Him He Signed With AEW

September 17, 2022 | Posted by Ashish
AEW Rampage Chris Jericho Image Credit: AEW

On the latest edition of Talk Is Jericho, Chris Jericho discussed Vince McMahon’s reaction to him signing with AEW, as well as how AEW considered a TV deal with Showtime during its early days. Highlights from his comments are below.

On Vince McMahon’s reaction to him signing with AEW: “I did give WWE a chance though, I did give them a chance. I said, here’s the offer that I’ve gotten from this new company, and I was told to, Vince said, ‘Take it.’ I think he thought I was bluffing. And when I took it, then about a week later he’s like, ‘You took it?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Can you get out of it?’ I said, ‘No! You told me to take it, why would I try to get out of it?’ And then he’s like, who is kind of bringing in guys, who is the broker to get guys to come in, that’s what Vince is asking me, and it’s like, I’m thinking, well, it’s me, but I don’t want to tell him that. And he’s asking me all these, what kind of TV deal, you can’t ask me these questions!”

On how AEW considered a TV deal with Showtime as well as streaming before TNT & TBS came along: “At the time there was no television deal, and I remember at some point we were talking about going on Showtime, at some point we were thinking streaming it on Amazon Prime or something along those lines, and it was like, that’s not good enough, you can’t just put it on Showtime or whatever. And then TBS started to get interested, I think because Chris Jericho was involved, and Jim Ross, I think those two names were the two names that got us the TV deal along with Tony’s passion and his commitment and all these other factors I told you.”

If using any of the above quotes, please credit Talk Is Jericho with an h/t to 411mania.com for the transcription.