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Chris Jericho explains why he turned down being an AEW EVP

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Chris Jericho took one of the biggest risks in his career when he decided to join AEW and leave WWE in 2019 at a time when the promotion had just launched without a guaranteed television deal.

That risk paid off as they got a television deal with TNT and he later became the inaugural AEW World Heavyweight Champion. Several wrestlers were made Executive Vice Presidents until President Tony Khan such as The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Cody Rhodes.

During an interview with SI.com, Jericho talked about his role with the company and why he wasn’t an EVP in the promotion.

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“You mentioned earlier that I wasn’t an EVP. The only reason I wasn’t an EVP is because I didn’t want to be. They asked me and I said, ‘No, that’s way too much work for what you’re planning on doing.’ And Tony Khan’s the boss, anyways. I knew that from the start. So I wasn’t going to play grab-a– and use EVP as an ego boost. F— that. Just give me more money. My job was to be a big star and make new ones so everyone is valuable.

He brought up helping Cody reinvent himself and worked with guys like Jon Moxley, Jungle Boy, Scorpio Sky, Darby Allin. He also gave a stage for Santana and Ortiz and Sammy Guevara in addition to reinventing Jake Hager. He added, “We needed to show we had some really big names in AEW, which we do.”

Jericho is slated to wrestle Eddie Kingston this Sunday at the AEW Revolution pay-per-view event.