Chris Jericho is one of the most successful wrestlers in AEW and one of his closest friends in pro wrestling believes that this is the best version of Jericho there’s ever been.
The year 2022 has been a big one in the legendary career of Chris Jericho, who has been a pro wrestler for 32 years. Many wrestlers aren’t able to work a regular schedule at the age of 51 (he’ll turn 52 on November 9), but Jericho is thriving.
Jericho is the ROH World Champion after having recently beaten Claudio Castagnoli leading to Jericho christening himself as “The Ocho.” The man of many nicknames also leads a successful group called the Jericho Appreciation Society.
This coming Wednesday, October 12th on Dynamite, Jericho will be in a huge match in his home country of Canada (the first AEW show outside of the US) as he defends the ROH World Title against Bryan Danielson in Toronto. This will be the third Jericho-Danielson match in over one month after Jericho won the first match at All Out, then Danielson won their semifinal match in a tournament to crown a new AEW World Champion and now they’ll do it for the third time.
A man that knows Jericho really well is Don Callis, who grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba just like Jericho did. Callis talked to Rock 95 about Jericho’s match with Danielson while adding that perhaps call Jericho the greatest of all-time (aka the goat):
“Look, I’ve been friends with Chris Jericho for 32 years. That’s a long time. He’s one of my two or three best friends in the business, and maybe the world. So I have a lot of affection for Chris Jericho. I’ve made a lot of money off of Chris Jericho and with Chris Jericho. I think Chris Jericho, you can make an argument that if you take a career as a whole, I think you can make an argument that he truly is the goat. There’s certainly I can say never been anyone in the business like Chris Jericho who understood the business the way Chris Jericho does.”
Callis, who most recently has been a manager for Kenny Omega in AEW, also praised Danielson heavily.
“Having said all of that, Bryan Danielson is just so flawless as a professional wrestler. There’s just nothing he does less than a nine out of ten. It’s tough when you’re in there with somebody like that, and it’s gonna be very interesting to see.”
“Jericho has redefined what the Ring of Honor rules are, and I think he’s really brought some extra interest to Ring of Honor because if the tactics and the panache that he comes out. There’s no bigger celebrity in AEW than Chris Jericho. I think that’s great for Ring of Honor, and I think it’s gonna be great for Bryan Danielson.”
While talking about how big of a win it would be for Danielson to beat Jericho for the ROH World Title, Callis also claimed that Jericho is at his best right now.
“As great a wrestler as Danielson is, in my opinion, if you were to tell me what’s the cherry on top of his career, the cherry on top of his career would be beating Chris Jericho. Not just for the ROH Title, but beating Chris Jericho at a time when Chris Jericho is I think having the best career year that he’s ever had. This is the best I’ve ever seen Jericho. This is the best consistent performance over the course of ten or twelve months that I’ve ever seen from him or maybe anybody else, other than Kenny Omega.”
AEW’s Owner Tony Khan also said recently that he thought this was the best year of Jericho’s career.
Other matches taking place on the October 12th AEW Dynamite include Pac defending the All-Atlantic Championship against Orange Cassidy while former AEW Tag Team Champions Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus will face off in singles action.