The wrestling world has been shocked by the news that AEW star Chris Jericho will appear on Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions podcast on the WWE Network.
Even though Jericho had a near 20-year career in WWE, being one of the pillars of their nearest rival today is usually a blacklist offence for WWE, traditionally.
Jericho will make his WWE comeback… on Austin’s podcast!
This marks the first time in earnest AEW and WWE will be working together and Stone Cold Steve Austin explained to Sports Illustrated exactly how he made it happen.
“Having someone from there on a WWE show, especially the calibre of Chris Jericho, is pretty damn cool,” Austin said. “Chris spent almost 20 years in WWE. When you talk about best runs in the history of the business, Chris Jericho’s name is going to come up.
“I was having a beer one night after my Broken Skull Sessions interview with The Undertaker aired, and out of the blue, Chris Jericho reached out and said, ‘Man, that was a great interview’.
“I sent him back a couple of those emojis, one of a beer mug and the other of an eagle, and then he called me right then and there.
“We got talking. I’ve always respected the hell out of his career, and I’m glad they’re around – it gives the guys and girls in professional wrestling more places to work.
I think it’s insanely cool that WWE and AEW have let this happen!
Chris Jericho on Broken Skull Sessions with Steve Austin! That’s going to be fantastic 🔥🔥🔥
— Alex McCarthy (@AlexM_talkSPORT) April 2, 2021
“I said, ‘I’d love to have you on the show.’ And he said he’d love to do it, so I checked with Vince [McMahon] about it.
“I texted Vince and said we had this badass idea about Jericho coming on the show. Vince goes, ‘It’s cool. Go ahead.’
“But me and Vince don’t always do well with phones and texts and all that, so I texted one more time, ‘Are you sure it’s OK to have Chris Jericho on the show?’ Vince gave me the thumbs up, and Chris came out to do the show.”
Jericho’s career is more than deserving of the spotlight it will get on Austin’s show. From his early work in Japan, ECW and WCW before his near two-decade long run in WWE, to Japan again and finally AEW, he’s done it all.
Sports Illustrated confirm that AEW owner Tony Khan gave his blessing to the idea and Austin is excited to get into everything – and that can include AEW.
Steve Austin and Chris Jericho have a lot of history from the Attitude Era
“Jericho’s one of the most influential wrestlers over the last 30 years and he’s still going strong,” Austin said. “The guy has gotten over in every territory he’s ever been in. Chris has always been able to reinvent himself and do something new and fresh.
“He’s a worker’s worker and a student of the game. Think about all the holy s*** moments he’s had in his matches, or how he can light up a place on the microphone. Chris is one of the biggest personalities in the world, he’s the real deal.
“We go into everything. Jericho is one of the all-time greats, and it’s going to be cool to have someone from AEW on a WWE show. To bottom line it, I’m excited for people to watch this show.”