WWE legend Chris Jericho was introduced as part of the All Elite Wrestling roster during Tuesday's rally in Jacksonville, Florida, in a day that has been filled with big news and historic announcements.
Jericho introduced himself and announced that he's "all in," with the newly-founded promotion that was introduced in November. You can see Jericho's charismatic speech below:
Jericho revealed that he has signed a full-time deal with the company, after spending the last year in New Japan Pro Wrestling. Y2J was reportedly in talks about signing with Impact Wrestling, but alas, he's joining the AEW promotion.
AEW also announced that Britt Baker was its first female signing, and that the women will be paid the same as its male superstars. Former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville was also revealed as one of AEW's new signings.
All Elite Wrestling was founded by Tony and Shahid Khan - the owner of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham F.C. of the English Premier League. Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), serve as the executive vice presidents, while Brandi was named AEW's chief brand officer.
Jericho's last run with the WWE ended in mid-2017, after he helped put Kevin Owens over. Y2J has since made occasional appearances on WWE programming, but this latest signing certainly means he won't be seeing him there anytime soon. Jericho's addition is a major win for AEW, giving them one future Hall of Famer that will certainly attract the old-timer fans.
What This Means
AEW is only in the early stages of its growth and branding, but the promotion is already off to an excellent start. They have some big-time wrestling veterans and talents in place to run the show in the Rhodes' and Young Bucks, and two notable superstars in Jericho and Neville on the roster.