Chris Jericho recently did an interview with Sportskeeda where he spoke about a wide range of topics.
In the interview, Jericho was asked about Randy Orton teasing that he could make the jump from WWE to AEW on social media. This was done prior to the news breaking that Orton had signed a new multi-year deal with WWE.
Jericho stated that he didn’t think Orton would make the jump because unless he was set on leaving no matter how much money WWE offered him, then he would re-sign with WWE.
“I can’t say anything about it because I don’t know anything about it, no one’s calling me to tell me about these things,” Jericho continued. “But I know this—nobody is getting out of WWE, especially Randy Orton, because unless he’s very, very committed to saying ‘I don’t care if you pay me 20 gazillion dollars I’m leaving,’ that’s not what he’s doing. I mean, obviously Vince is going to pay millions and millions of dollars to not have Randy Orton go.”
While Orton did stay with WWE, there are other stars who have teased leaving WWE for AEW such as The Revival. Whether AEW signs former WWE talent in the future remains to be seen but Jericho has the mindset of not turning into the old TNA Wrestling ways of signing any and every talent who gets released from WWE.
“There are some other guys but we’re not trying to be old-school TNA where anybody that wants to leave WWE comes to AEW, that’s not what we’re looking to do,” Jericho stated. “Obviously there’s Jon Moxley that when they become available [we sign them]. And Moxley was one of those guys who said ‘I’m out of here, I don’t care what you pay me’ and didn’t even look at the offer they gave him. That’s because he was done and ready to go. If you’re using AEW to make more money off of Vince, go for it! That’s great too but it’s not like we’re taking everybody that’s going to leave WWE to come to AEW. Because those guys who are working WWE now, they got huge raises, and if they were on the Indy circuit they wouldn’t be making 500 bucks a night.”
Jericho understands that WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon doesn’t want any of his talent to leave for the rival promotion. At the same time, AEW has its roster and wants to grow their own talent instead of taking ex-WWE stars.
“The point is that Vince just doesn’t want anybody to leave WWE because it looks like an exodus if they do and makes us look even cooler,” Jericho stated. “We do things our way, we’ve got a great roster of guys and if somebody becomes available that really wants to be with us and we think that they fit our vibe then we’ll take them. It doesn’t mean that they’re going to get millions and millions of dollars to come because once again, that’s not what we’re doing. I think we’ve assembled an awesome roster with at least ten to twelve potential main eventers and we have to build all those guys up first to build up all the mid-card guys, and then build up all the opening match guys to create stars. That’s what we have to do, quickly, create stars. And once we do that we’ll be even higher up the food chain than we are now.”