IMPACT Star Praises Chris Jericho’s Ability To Reinvent Himself

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A current IMPACT Wrestling star has explained how he tells younger wrestlers to pay attention to Chris Jericho due to being a master of reinvention.

For the past 30 years, Chris Jericho has been a regular part of wrestling television shows all over the world. While he worked in countries like Mexico, Canada and Japan for years, he got his big break in ECW, which led to more exposure in WCW and a nearly 20-year run with WWE after that.

When he felt like his time in WWE was up, Jericho went to NJPW, which would eventually lead to signing with AEW in January 2019. Since then, Jericho has been a locker room leader in AEW as well as the first AEW World Champion. Jericho was also the ROH World Champion, which was his eighth World Title win in his legendary career.

Something that Jericho has done throughout his career is tweak his character whether he was complaining about conspiracies in WCW to being Y2J in WWE and a totally different kind of guy in WWE that wore a suit and said big words. Don’t forget about “The List” guy in WWE either. Post WWE, he became the Painmaker character in NJPW/AEW, in AEW he was the leader of the Inner Circle and now leading the Jericho Appreciation Society as well.

While speaking to The Wrestling Perspective, IMPACT Wrestling star Sami Callihan explained why he tells younger wrestlers to look at Chris Jericho as an example of changing as a wrestling character and it’s something Callihan does as well.

“I use a guy like Chris Jericho as a blueprint. I always tell young wrestlers to look at Chris Jericho’s career. Every couple of years, he’s done something to reinvent himself and become relevant, and I followed that my entire wrestling career.”

“I’ve gotten to the point where people love me, love me, and I have a lot of people that hate me and will always hate me, but they’re always talking about me. I’m never a guy that just disappears, and no one hears about it. I’m always a guy, no matter where I am. If I’m on television. If I wasn’t on television, I’m always somebody that the wrestling world is talking about, and that’s called being a professional wrestler, being successful at what you do.”

Callihan would go on to praise the 52-year-old Chris Jericho more.

“I did his podcast a couple of years ago, and I’ve said that exact same thing. I based everything on it, and I’ve seen him on many podcasts before. He is, without a doubt one of the greatest of all time. The dude still does it at a high level, and the dude has always reinvented himself while still continuously being Chris Jericho, and that’s the art of professional wrestling.”

H/T Fightful