Chris Jericho was revealed as one of the first signings for the new All Elite Wrestling promotion, but it turns out that he was also pretty close to inking a deal with Impact Wrestling.
Jericho was interviewed by Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ryan Clark of eWrestlingNews), and revealed that during contract negotiations with New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Impact game forward with a generous offer in which he would only wrestle four matches.
"Like it was a really good amount of money," Jericho said. "We’re talking mid-seven figures. They have some cash as well. I think people kinda’ gloss over IMPACT! at this point in time. When they believe in something, they have money for it."
Ultimately, Jericho decided to turn down the offer. He wound up competing in Japan - where he had mega success in such short time - before finally winding up with All Elite Wrestling. Jericho also revealed that he believes he would be worth Brock Lesnar money if he were to rejoin the WWE.
Earning at least $1 million from Impact to appear four times would have been quick and easy money for Jericho. But clearly, it's not all about money for the WWE legend, though we can assume he earned quite the payday from NJPW.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that Y2J's contract with AEW is for three years, and he still has the right to compete at NJPW. It was also noted that his deal with AEW pays more than anything Jericho had ever earned in WWE.
Obviously, Jericho has already made so much money throughout his illustrious wrestling and music careers. He's only adding more to his incredible wrestling legacy by reinventing himself and shining in different promotions across the world. He's a great example of how much a superstar can truly succeed after leaving WWE.
What This Means
Unlike NJPW, AEW and Ring of Honor, Impact Wrestling hasn't quite been able to recruit that many former WWE superstars. The money doesn't seem to be a problem with that company, and they went all out in trying to secure Jericho. Perhaps they'll continue to be more aggressive in trying to sign former WWE talents by offering lucrative deals, similar to the one they proposed to Jericho.