Chris Jericho has discussed the “black cloud” that hovered over AEW following All Out and the backstage fight between CM Punk and The Elite.
The issues stemming from the All Out pay-per-view in September are the stuff of wrestling legend by now. CM Punk took aim at several stars of the company at the post-show media scrum which led to an alleged backstage fight between Punk, company producer Ace Steel, The Young Bucks, and Kenny Omega.
Speaking on Talk Is Jericho, Chris Jericho referenced the issues AEW was going through and says that the company was fighting for its life and how Jericho, Jon Moxley, and Bryan Danielson stepped up as locker room leaders:
“We were fighting for our lives at that time, there was so much bad publicity on the company and kind of a black cloud, a haze over it, and dude, we were fighting back. We kind of took charge, [Jon Moxley] and Bryan and I and let them know the sky wasn’t falling, that things happen, and we gotta keep the show rolling.”
Jericho explained how his match with Bryan Danielson in the period after All Out helped to put things right to an extent:
“Having that match with Bryan Danielson was one of them and I remember after working with Bryan the first time, I was like, ‘Where have you been all my life? Like how crazy has it been that we’ve been working together in this business but never actually having matches like this.”
h/t Wrestling Inc.