Chris Jericho: AEW Considered Chris Hero As One Of The Labours Of Jericho
Jericho was forced to go through Five Labours for a match with MJF
Chris Jericho has revealed that one of the original ideas for AEW's Labours of Jericho called for Chris Hero to be featured as one of the labours.
The former AEW World Champion told Stephanie Chase about the original idea for his story with MJF, and explained that Chris Hero is a name that was considered to appear in AEW. However, it ended up not coming to fruition.
Jericho said: "The original plan was going to be the four guys from The Pinnacle. That's what we had kind of done with Moxley when he beat me for the title where he had to go through the whole Inner Circle. It was MJF who had the idea for us to use Nick Gage.
"I had never heard of Nick Gage prior to Dark Side of the Ring. It intrigued me that maybe he brings in some bounty hunters. I still wanted it to start and end with Pinnacle because that was the story. Start with Spears, end with Wardlow. That was always the plan. It was never the plan to go through this memory lane of Jericho's friends or opponents
"We thought the Nick Gage deathmatch would be cool. We were trying to think of another guy and one idea was Chris Hero."
Chris Hero was last seen appearing on WWE NXT UK in March 2020 in a number one contender's Battle Royale, which was won by Ilja Dragunov. He was released by WWE in April 2020 as part of the budget cuts stemming from the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Jericho also explained how Juventud Guerrera became involved in the feud in AEW, saying: "I just wanted Pinnacle to start and end, the deathmatch was a cool idea, and then someone from my past, and I thought Juventud was best for that. We worked on that for a few months, to get his visa and that."
Jericho would go on to face Shawn Spears, Nick Gage, Juventud Guerrera and Wardlow before losing to MJF in the final labour. However, he would go on to win the rematch against MJF at AEW All Out with his career on the line.