AEW star Chris Jericho will appear on the WWE Network’s Broken Skull Sessions on Sunday, April 11, in a sit-down interview with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
Chris Jericho is one of the most popular and enduring WWE Superstars of all time, working with the company from his debut in 1999 to his departure in 2018. A staple of the Attitude Era and beyond, Y2J left an indelible mark on the WWE Universe, unifying the WWE and WCW Championships in 2001, creating the Money in the Bank concept and winning countless championships along the way.
In January 2019, Jericho announced he would be joining All Elite Wrestling as the company’s first tentpole signing. On August 31, 2019, he became the first-ever AEW World Champion, defeating “Hangman” Adam Page at All Out.
It’s a level of cross-promotion most wrestling fans would have thought impossible — a WWE program promoting an active AEW wrestler? Let alone one who famously said for years he would only ever work for Vince McMahon, only to leave WWE to join its upstart rival?
It’s all a lot to process, and it’s easy to get ahead of ourselves wondering where, if anywhere, this could be leading. We’ve written that the future of professional wrestling is collaboration, but it was always assumed that WWE would continue to forge their own path, pretending other wrestling companies don’t exist.
Of course, this all could (and probably will) be much ado about nothing — a fun edition of Broken Skull Sessions featuring Steve Austin reminiscing about the old days with a fellow Attitude Era veteran. But in light of Forbidden Doors being kicked down in every corner of the pro wrestling world, and unprecedented levels of collaboration and cross-promotion happening in pretty much every company not named WWE, it’s hard not to fantasize about what this may represent.
Again, this is probably nothing but a one-off. But hopefully, WWE and the pro wrestling industry at large will never…EEEEEEEVER…be the same…agayne.
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