Chris Jericho has opened up on the positives of working for Vince McMahon.
Before becoming one of the first members of the AEW roster in 2019, Jericho spent almost two decades in WWE under Vince McMahon. In the past, the Demo God has been open about his appreciation for McMahon’s guidance during his time in the company.
During an appearance on Chris Van Vliet’s Insight podcast, Jericho discussed McMahon stepping back from the creative side of the company, saying that the Executive Chairman likely realised it was the right time to do so.
“I mean, once again, there’s the reasons why he was stepping aside, and I’m not talking about that side of things. I never thought he would step down. I think, had those other issues not come up here, there’s no way that he would have. But also, Vince is also smart. And I bet you he was like, ‘Okay, I’m at the point now where this is not good for me to be here.’ So, he trained and groomed Triple H for 20 years, and probably felt confident enough that things are gonna continue without him.”
Jericho believes that the stars of AEW could benefit from working for McMahon for six months, not least because of his understanding of the business.
“I say this all the time in AEW, I think everybody could use six months working for Vince McMahon. Because that’s what you really understand what wrestling is, the wrestling business, and how the business works. I loved working for him and I loved going head to head with him and creating ideas and debating ideas and arguing ideas.”
“But he always used to say, ‘I’m not here just to teach you wrestling lessons I’m here to teach you life lessons.’ He did teach me a lot of life lessons, the guy’s a really f**king a cool guy. You know, from my experiences with him and he’s not easy to deal with, an asshole sometimes, but he’s your boss. You’re not supposed to be friends with your boss all the time. But then you can still get on the private jet and drink for four hours.”
According to Jericho, Vince McMahon has created an environment where everyone in WWE knows there will be consequences if you say no to requests, something he thinks AEW stars could learn from.
“There’s a way that the WWE works where you don’t say no to anything. I mean, they asked you to do press you do it, they ask you to sign 1,000 action figures you do it because if you don’t, you know there’s gonna be consequences and big ones. And that’s just kind of I think everybody in AEW needs to understand that sometimes.”
Chris Jericho Addresses CM Punk’s WWE Return
During the same interview, Chris Jericho gave his reaction to CM Punk’s shock return to WWE. Jericho believes Vince McMahon’s influence could be felt in the decision to bring him back, as the Executive Chairman was always willing to bury the hatchet with former stars if there was money to be made.
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