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Chris Jericho On AEW Being Less Stressful Than WWE, Pro Wrestling Fans Hating And Loving Everything

AEW World Champion Chris Jericho recently participated in an "Ask Me Anything" chat with Bleacher Report fans.

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In regards to the behind-the-scenes feeling at AEW, Jericho praised the atmosphere and compared it to the difficulties of working for WWE.

"It's just a lot less stress," Jericho said. "WWE is a very stressful environment, a lot of walking on eggshells as things might get changed. It's a lot more relaxed because we're all kind of in charge of our own destinies. The creative freedom that we have is off the charts. When you come to AEW it's like going from black-and-white to living in color."

Jericho also talked about the wrestling fan of today, and how everyone is subject to plenty of criticism from wrestling fans, who can be very hard to please these days. Jericho doesn't take the heat seriously and generally lets the drama roll off his back.

"The thing about wrestling fans is, they're a lot like Kiss fans or Star Wars fans," Jericho said. "They hate everything. But they still love everything. They'll buy everything, they'll be at the shows. They just have to complain. With social media... it just gives people a forum to be mad about everything. ...

"If you're going to go into the world of social media you have to accept it when people call you the greatest thing ever but don't take it seriously. And you have to accept it when they say you're the worst piece of crap ever but don't take it seriously."

Jericho was asked about pro wrestling being able to occupy the same place in pop culture that it did back during the original Monday Night Wars between WWE RAW and WCW Nitro. He said wrestling is as good as it's ever been, in terms of quality, but the time has come and gone. He also commented on WWE being overly-scripted.

"I don't know if it could be a big part. That time has come and gone," he explained. "Wrestling itself is part of pop culture. I think right now wrestling is as good as it's ever been in terms of quality. You need that one big name star. I think WWE has gone away from that. It's very overly scripted. They don't want to put all their names in one basket."
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Re: Chris Jericho On AEW Being Less Stressful Than WWE, Pro Wrestling Fans Hating And Loving Everything

Jericho having a level head when it comes to social media.

He's spot on about the fans in general. The difference in creative freedom between wwe and AEW is basically The Wizard of Oz before Dorothy lands in Munchkin land and after.

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I do like hearing about the wrestlers freedom, backstage. It's vastly different from the 90's where Hogan or Goldberg could pull strings and execs would follow. An organization of good wrestlers will put on good Wrestling.
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See how Jericho makes the statement without coming off as a dumbfuck, Seff?

You can clearly tell within the product. Most of WWE programming feels stale, sterile, overproduced, and mundane. AEW is far from perfect and their glaring issues are still there but they provide a fresh, off the wall, exciting must-see television that people will tune in to every week as long as you don't complete insult the fans directly and keep them entertained.

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Jericho’s awesome, but they’re not buying everything.
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I wonder how much of the talent in WWE would kill to have the creative freedom that AEW gives their talent. I would love to just be a fly on the wall backstage.

I bet even Becky, Bray and Brock, WWE's 3 top stars, are still immensely frustrated in some way. What if Brock actually WANTS to cut promos and wrestle more but Vince won't let him in an effort to keep the "special" aura? We don't know shit. I'm sure Becky would like to get her character back to where it was in late 2018. And I'm sure Bray has so many ideas for The Fiend that Vince has shot down. It has to be extremely stressful, and Moxley's interview with Jericho proved it.




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Probably not that much because these guys keep re-signing for that dollar.
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I wonder how much of the talent in WWE would kill to have the creative freedom that AEW gives their talent. I would love to just be a fly on the wall backstage.

I bet even Becky, Bray and Brock, WWE's 3 top stars, are still immensely frustrated in some way. What if Brock actually WANTS to cut promos and wrestle more but Vince won't let him in an effort to keep the "special" aura? We don't know shit. I'm sure Becky would like to get her character back to where it was in late 2018. And I'm sure Bray has so many ideas for The Fiend that Vince has shot down. It has to be extremely stressful, and Moxley's interview with Jericho proved it.
Bigger question is how much of WWEs talent would actually thrive in an environment with so much creative freedom. Im sure most of them would love to be in it, but who among them has the stuff to actually take advantage of it? Im sure there are some, I just have no idea who.
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Probably not that much because these guys keep re-signing for that dollar.
Keep in mind that some people might find an environment in which nothing is scripted for them to be stressful.
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