The announcement of Chris Jericho being Steve Austin’s guest on the Broken Skull Sessions has sent shockwaves throughout the wrestling community. The first time an AEW contracted performer will appear on a WWE produced show, the move seems completely out of left-field from WWE.
When asked for his thoughts on the upcoming show, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T downplayed the situation on his Hall of Fame podcast:
“I don’t think this is a moment like people think it is. As far as all of a sudden we’re going to have more cross promotion between AEW and WWE, I don’t think that’s what that is at all. Stone Cold Steve Austin, just by the way he rolls and has a controversial guest like Y2J is just good for business.”
“Even to know exactly what the other side is doing; how’d [AEW] come about? I know a lot of people want to know that and who better to get it from than the horse’s mouth, someone like Chris Jericho who’s going to straight shoot. Me personally, I don’t think there should be any ill will towards that. You know how they say ‘Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer,’ so for me, I think it’s cool.
“A lot of people want to know what’s going on with AEW right now as far as the structure of it, storylines, how did [AEW] come about, a lot of the angles they create. A lot of people want to know that kind of stuff and if Chris Jericho can answer those questions, me personally, I think it’s good.”
But it’s not just potential talk about AEW on a WWE broadcast which has fans guessing, people want to know how Jericho will talk about the WWE, especially as he is now seen as ‘the enemy’:
“I think everybody is going to be wondering what Chris Jericho is going to say,” Booker said. “What is he going to say about his past dealings in WWE, why did he leave, was he bitter? Does he have heat with anybody? Who does Chris Jericho have heat with? I’m sure it’s going to be a straight shoot, a straightforward interview, can’t wait.”