Backstage at WWE Shocked At Y2J's AEW Contract and More On Jericho Wanting A Match With Brock Lesnar
Chris Jericho signing with All Elite Wrestling was somewhat of a surprise in itself. But the Alpha himself saying that his AEW contract is better than any previous wrestling contract he's signed was downright shocking. Dave Meltzer spoke about the reaction Jericho's contract received on Wrestling Observer Radio.
While the exact numbers aren't known, word of his AEW contract did make its way back to the WWE locker room.
Meltzer said that people backstage in WWE were stunned or freaked out, depending on their position.
While it's not as much as what John Cena or Brock Lesnar is making, it would be more than almost any other star in the company.
When the idea of Brock Lesnar possibly signing with AEW with the amount of money that they're throwing around, Meltzer noted that Vince McMahon would probably pay anything to not lose Lesnar to UFC or AEW. However, Meltzer did say that Jericho wants a match with Lesnar, and Jericho "has a lot of sway" in AEW, although that doesn't mean that the company would make a bad deal.
Reportedly a backstage altercation in 2016 occurred between Jericho and Lesnar, which turned physical but they've never had a match together. If it were to happen the only place it could happen is in AEW.
Jericho recently planted the seeds for a potential match with Lesnar with a since-deleted tweet he sent out after seeing Lesnar during the Royal Rumble.
Jericho posted, "Intimidation and fear goes a LONG way in our business guys.
But let's be honest, @BrockLesnar needs to pull up his pants and lose the gut... the dream is over dude. I don't play by the script... @wwe @AEWrestling."
With AEW looking to establish a platform to "Change The Universe" putting on a match that has not been booked by WWE seems like it could be a good thing. The Alpha Chris Jericho vs The Beast Incarnate could be a match of epic proportions. Will we ever see it? In WWE or AEW who knows.
Source: Wrestling Observer & WrestleInc.com