AEW isn’t even two years previous but – a reality many followers appear to overlook.
Tony Khan at all times had goals of proudly owning his very personal wrestling promotion and would have completed so regardless, however the success of All In two years in the past inspired the Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars co-owner to contact The Elite.
Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega and The Younger Bucks aligned with Khan to create All Elite Wrestling and set about recruiting an thrilling roster.
One in all their first large reveals was the acquisition of WWE legend Chris Jericho.
Jericho was the primary ever AEW champion and he’s been an important element on TV, however he’s simply as a lot a determine behind the scenes because the named govt vice presidents.
talkSPORT spoke to the Demo God forward of All Out and he gave us some perception into what it’s like behind the scenes and his function in AEW.
“We’re studying on the fly,” Jericho began. “I imply we did a reside TV present with 75 p.c of the roster who had by no means been on reside TV earlier than.
“‘Who’s going to provide the exhibits?!’ Err, Tony? ‘Who’s going to write down the exhibits?!’ All of us? ‘Okay, effectively, who’s going to direct the exhibits?’ Keith Mitchell, who’s been doing it for 30 years.
“We’ve obtained a terrific group of people who find themselves all doing this for the suitable causes as a result of they love this enterprise and this courageous, model new world we’re creating.
“Tony, to me, isn’t my boss. Clearly the buck stops with him. I recognize that and revel in it – it’s a must to have a boss.
“I labored in firms the place there was no boss – that by no means works. Tony Khan is the boss – I’m saying it proper right here. It’s not the Younger Bucks, it’s not Cody, it’s not Kenny – Tony calls the pictures, he has the ultimate say.”
Whereas Khan may be very a lot the boss and head booker, it’s a collaborative course of backstage and that’s one thing Jericho, after 30 years within the enterprise, looks like he wants.
“He’s very open to strategies,” added Jericho. “I discuss to him on a regular basis about concepts for the present, reside exhibits, promoting, press, motion figures – and that’s a extremely cool atmosphere for me to have the ability to use my 30 years of expertise in a optimistic method and never being undermined as a result of I’m simply expertise.
“I’m as a lot a part of the workplace as anyone is and I feel that’s quite a lot of enjoyable and difficult in an effective way for me.”