Chris Jericho says he is the one that was behind a current AEW star signing with the company after Jericho told Tony Khan “we need to sign this guy.”
One week after winning the ROH World Championship at Dynamite Grand Slam, Chris Jericho took aim at Ring of Honor’s past, belittling the promotion and its past champions. As a result, The Ocho found himself going one-on-one with former ROH World Champion, Bandido.
Speaking on his Talk Is Jericho podcast, Chris Jericho revealed that although he may have won the match, he was suitably enough impressed by his opponent that he told company boss Tony Khan to sign him:
“Going out there with this guy and not knowing anything about him, he’s such a great flier and he has such power. He held me up for the standing suplex, I think for like 60 seconds, and the blood was rushing to my head and I could barely hold on. He was so strong and when he finally brought me down, the people started going nuts. That’s when we had them. We did a whole bunch of crazy stuff.”
“I took the hurricanrana off the apron, I took the jumping backwards moonsault powerslam, and I took his german suplex off the ropes. It’s one of those matches where everything was going too well. I spun his mask around and had him tap out to the walls, and as soon as we got back through the curtain, I said to Tony (Khan), ‘We need to sign this guy.’ That’s what we did. It took a while to actually get him to commit, but man, we signed him and I see big things in the future for Bandido.”
Since joining AEW, Bandido has competed in the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament which was won by Ricky Starks. Starks cashes in that title shot at Winter Is Coming against AEW World Champion, MJF in a bout that will also be for the Dynamite Diamond ring.