WWE Hall of Famer Bully Ray, who is a co-host of the show, asked Jericho how big his involvement is for AEW. So, when I showed up at the press conference, now everyone knows, and I think people take AEW a whole lot more seriously than they did before I was involved. He said he wasn't there for the money - he's there because he believes in doing something different and new. Following the announcement, WWE removed Jericho from the SmackDown LIVE roster to the Alumni section.More news: This Coach Turned Down The Cleveland Browns’ Job
The deal will allow Jericho to continue working with New Japan Pro-Wrestling after losing the IWGP Intercontinental Championship to Tetsuya Naito at Wrestle Kingdom 13 last Friday.
And even though he's not a contracted wrestler anymore for WWE, it would be a major kick in the teeth for Vince McMahon who placed Goldberg in the Hall of Fame just past year.More news: Seeded John Isner beaten in 2nd round of ASB Classic
This set off rumours that the former World Heavyweight Champion was set to be revealed as a marquee capture at their Jacksonville rally on Tuesday, but that turned out to be Jericho. "I haven't agreed to anything with Bill, but I like him a lot". I didn't just show up in Jacksonville and that was it. "They want to make a go at this and you know they have a lot of money and they have a lot of capital". "A lot of people probably don't know Kenny or Cody or the Bucks". But with Jericho, everyone was waiting to see where he's going to go. They might've heard of this New Japan, they might've known some of the guys that were in it, but they weren't really paying attention to it.More news: Sanders Apologizes Amid New Allegation of Staff Harassment