In an interview with The Tampa Bay Times, AEW star Chris Jericho discussed many aspects of his recent career arc, namely his current role of being one of the faces of a company that provides a major alternative to his ex-employer, WWE.
Jericho talked candidly about his relationship with Vince McMahon, namely his acquired comfort in speaking his mind to a boss that many have found to be intimidating and difficult to stand up to.
“Am I hard to work with? Maybe to somebody who’s used to working with yes men, and people that just want to get along, yes," Jericho said. "If you’re looking for somebody that’s going to do his utmost best to get the job done right, to put on the best possible program and best possible story line at the risk of hurting people’s feelings? Then yes, I’m hard to deal with.
“I earned Vince’s trust. And it takes a long time to get his real trust. Moneymaking trust. He’s never told me this, but indirectly, I think he regrets losing me, because I was one of his generals. I’m not always right, but f**k if I’m not close 80 percent of the time.”
Jericho also believes his move to AEW renders him persona-non-grata to WWE, saying, “They’ll probably never mention me again. I don’t blame them. Why would they promote me in any way, shape or form, when I’m the head of this opposing army, in their opinion, that’s stealing money out of their pockets?”