WWE did not hang around after hearing that Chris Jericho had officially signed for new company All Elite Wrestling.
After All Elite Wrestling's rally in Jacksonville, Florida on Tuesday, we now know quite a bit more about what we can expect from the company. The locations of its first two big shows, that it will be working with Chinese promotion OWE, and that AEW's female wrestlers will quite rightly be paid the same as the men.
We also discovered a few of the wrestlers who have already signed with AEW. SoCal Uncensored, Britt Baker, Joey Janela, and even PAC, otherwise known as former WWE Superstar Neville. The biggest roster reveal of all was saved until last, though. Fozzy's Judas began to play and out came a confident and cocky Chris Jericho. Y2J revealed he wasn't with AEW for the money, but to help change wrestling.
A few hours later, less than a mile away from where the rally took place, WWE taped SmackDown Live. The revelation that Jericho has signed for a rival company cannot have sat well with Vince McMahon. In fact, we know it didn't thanks to Cageside Seats and the below tweet. Shortly after Jericho made the announcement, the six-time World Champion was quickly moved to WWE's alumni page.
They removed Jericho from the WWE Intro. 👀 pic.twitter.com/i0M9Ouy2tB— Diego (@diegp77) January 9, 2019
That's not all. As you can see above, by the time SmackDown Live went on the air last night, Y2J's cameo in the "Then, Now, Forever" signature had been removed. Instead of where Jericho used to appear holding his list, you'll now see Cesaro. Petty? Maybe, especially considering the AEW star is still a part of the "Then" even if he has now signed with a new company.
These changes, especially the removal of Y2J from the signature, just go to show how quickly WWE can get something done if it really wants to. Most likely on the behest of Mr. McMahon who will have likely been furious when he heard the news. No bridge is ever completely burned when it comes to WWE, though. Other stars have come back from much worse after upsetting the boss, just ask Bret Hart. We will see Jericho in WWE again one day, but it isn't going to be for a while.