Chris Jericho Is “Vital” In AEW Says Ricky Starks

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Chris Jericho has earned some heavy praise from the man that he faced at AEW Revolution, Ricky Starks.

To start 2023, one of the top AEW feuds has seen former AEW World Champion Chris Jericho at odds with Ricky Starks. Even though Starks beat Jericho on an episode of Dynamite, he wanted another match with Jericho at Revolution. Eventually, the match was granted.

At AEW Revolution on Sunday night in San Francisco, Ricky Starks and Chris Jericho opened the show by having a very competitive match with a lot of counter holds leading to nearfalls for both guys. Eventually, Starks was able to wear down Jericho and pick up the clean win.

During the AEW Revolution post-show media press conference, Ricky Starks had some heavy praise for Jericho.

“There are a few things that I’ve learned about Chris. He’s a very masterful type of conductor in a way. I guess for me, learning from Chris was all of the right things to do at the right moment. I’m a big believer, and I’ve talked about this heavy in interviews about the people that I want to wrestle here. I’ve mentioned Kenny, I’ve mentioned Punk, I mentioned all of these people with the experience because iron sharpens iron.”

“To wrestle Chris Jericho, that is iron sharpening iron. I think, coming out of this, I am a better performer, I’m a better entertainer, after all of this. Not to say that I wasn’t before, but to add just a little bit of some extra flair to a well-seasoned meat that is me, I think that worked out as perfectly as it could.”

Ricky Starks continued to praise Jericho by calling him a legend while adding that Jericho is a vital part of AEW.

“Chris is a legend in this business. I don’t think y’all realize how old Chris is. I’m not saying that in a negative way, but I’m saying it to say he’s been doing this for a very long time. To have him on the roster is a very vital thing for people such as myself, who are hungry, who don’t want to sit in catering and have to just wait for the next thing.”

“That is what I have always wanted since I’ve been here. I had it with Sting, didn’t get it for a bit, now I got Chris. There’s more to it from that. So Chris is a very, very special type of talent. I will give him that.”

Now that Ricky Starks has likely put an end to his rivalry with Chris Jericho, perhaps he’ll have his sights set on MJF’s AEW World Title, which Starks has challenged for in the past.

H/T Fightful