By Thomas Brunt
Chris Jericho has no doubt always been one of the most popular wrestlers in the wrestling world, but with his current run in AEW and his last run in WWE (especially his hot feud with Kevin Owens), he has found new ways to reinvent himself even after being around in the business for so long. Here are three ways showcasing how he has done this.
3. Different Shtick in AEW
During an interview back in January, Jericho expressed a sense of displeasure towards the state of WWE Creative and how they wanted to continue to use his character before he went off to NJPW for his eventual feud/match with Kenny Omega. In his last run in WWE, Jericho would come out with "The List," and while it had its moments, like anything if overdone it can lose i's uniqueness, and this one did.
It is a good thing he isn't constrained by the creative and or Vince in WWE because as any wrestling fan plugged into reality can tell you WWE has a tendency to drive things into the ground once something has already been done to many times.
2. Rivalry with Kevin Owens in 2017
Credit where credit is due. To WWE's credit they managed to form an extremely popular feud in 2017. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens had if not the hottest, then one of the hottest feuds of the year in pro wrestling, not to mention they produced some good matches. Owens' name value has been sky high, as he was once a beloved indy star and someone who when he debuted immediately made an impact heard and felt across the WWE attacking the once-upon-a-time face of the company, John Cena.
Combine both Owens and Jericho here, and boom, you have something entertaining fans want to stick around to watch each week.
1. Kenny Omega, NJPW, AEW, and Jon Moxley's Debut
While this was touched on in a way earlier, I wanted to make sure to specifically bring it up and point it out. There was once a time when Chris Jericho said he wasn't interested in wrestling outside of WWE, but than the opportunity to wrestle another one of pro wrestling's greatest performers, Kenny Omega on one of the biggest stages came along and this wasn't something he was going to pass up.
I like how this has carried its way on over to AEW. I also like how Jon Moxley made his debut and that Jericho is associated with it, so that only makes him more hot of an act. I am excited to continue to see the different possibilities Jericho working with AEW brings, not just for himself but to help pave the way for the future of wrestling.
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