Even though Chris Jericho said his signing with AEW is not about the money, he is apparently going to make a lot of it while under contract with them.
There has naturally been a lot of buzz surrounding All Elite Wrestling this week. That's because the promotion held a rally on Tuesday where it revealed some of the first details about its intentions and talent. Its first big show, Double Or Nothing will take place in Las Vegas on May 25, 2019, and stars such as PAC, Britt Baker, and Joey Janela will be there.
The biggest star of all that will be wrestling on that show is Chris Jericho. Y2J closed out proceedings on Tuesday by revealing that he had signed a contract with AEW. Not much else was said other than Jericho stating that he has not signed for financial reasons, but rather to keep making the wrestling world a better place.
To an extent that is probably true. However, according to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Jericho will be getting a lot of money while he is with AEW. WON has reported that the six-time World Champion's contract with AEW will last three years. More importantly, at least for Jericho, it will also allow him to continue working with New Japan.
The most interesting point to come out of this latest report is that Jericho was apparently negotiating with WWE up until late December. However, AEW and the Khan family offered him a better deal. Not just financially, of course, but the New Japan clause will have played a big part in his decision. Y2J will also be working fewer dates for AEW than he would have done for WWE, all while making more money to do so.
While Jericho can't and won't complain about his time with WWE, despite his talent he was never Vince McMahon's top guy. Yes, he was World Champion on multiple occasions, but he is a once in a lifetime performer and deserved even more than that. Even though it is late in his career, he will likely get that treatment in AEW. Perhaps he will become the new promotion's first World Champion.