WWE legend Chris Jericho signs full time with All Elite Wrestling

Henrietta Brewer
January 10, 2019

According to Dave Melter of Wrestling Observer Radio, the deal was completed very recently as Jericho had been in talks with WWE only a few weeks ago.

Holding a press conference in the same town as this week's SmackDown, some huge names have already been signed for the promotion, including Britt Baker, PAC, and former WWE World Champion, Chris Jericho.

Fightful is reporting that they reached out to several WWE talents and asked them to comment on AEW under the condition of anonymity, but noted only half of the talents responded, and some wrestlers stated that they didn't even feel comfortable making anonymous comments about the company.

Whilst so much has been going well for the new promotion, the company can not run on three wrestlers alone, and obviously will be needing to sign more talent soon.

That time away could come in the form of Omega disappearing from the pro wrestling scene for the next four months ahead of AEW's debut show on May 25 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

While the showing of talent was impressive and the hype was definitely real, there were still a lot of deeper questions in the air about the future of AEW that weren't fully answered. That particular venue has a history of hosting professional wrestling as the home of WCW's Halloween Havoc pay-per-view between 1996 and 2000, as well as many episodes of WCW Monday Nitro. While WWE remains the undeniable leader in sports entertainment, independent wrestling is perhaps more popular than it's ever been, with many indie wrestlers stating that it's now possible to make a good living without signing to WWE-something that was unthinkable at one point.

So to summarise, it's either AEW or NJPW - or NJPW and AEW, it seems...

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