Chris Jericho has shed a little light on AEW's potential TV deals, promising that fans will be impressed when they find out what's in store.
Even though it feels like the wrestling world has been talking about nothing but All Elite Wrestling for the past two weeks, we still know very little about it. Yes, the fledgling promotion revealed some intriguing details during its rally last week, but what do we really know about AEW at this point?
Well, we know it is owned by billionaire Shahid Khan, that its first event will take place on May 25, 2019, in Las Vegas, and also a handful of the wrestlers signed to the brand. The biggest of those signings was announced at the aforementioned rally in the form of Chris Jericho. Y2J has since revealed that the AEW contract he signed is the best of his career.
However, it took more than a big contract to get to Jericho to commit to a brand new promotion. The six-time World Champion revealed on Busted Open Radio this week that if AEW did not have a strong TV deal on the table, he would not have joined up with the company. "I wouldn't have gone to All Elite if there wasn't a strong TV deal on the table being worked on, and there's a couple that I know of," Jericho explained.
EXCLUSIVE: "I wouldn't have gone to All Elite if there wasn't a strong TV deal on the table being worked on, and there's a couple that I know of that are on the table..."@IAmJericho on why @AEWrestling will further legitimize itself when their TV deal is announced.#AEW pic.twitter.com/yCchkQf1y5— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) January 10, 2019
In fact, Y2J went on to say that there are currently three different TV deals being discussed when it comes to what we assume will be a weekly AEW show. "Nothing is set in stone, but the three that I know of will have people going, 'ok, this is the real deal.'." There are a number of rumors being thrown around right now, including AEW being on for two hours every week, and even a return to the Turner Network for pro wrestling.
No matter who you ask or the rumors you hear, it really does sound like AEW is going to be the real deal. Jericho would not have committed to the promotion for what is being reported as three years if it wasn't. Plus, Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks seemingly turned down incredible contract offers from WWE in order to get this venture off the ground. Everyone involved truly believes in AEW.