Chris Jericho Says It Was His Idea For AEW No Rules Match With Nick Gage

The second Labour of Jericho was an intense affair

We are several weeks removed from Chris Jericho’s ‘No Rules Match’ with deathmatch legend Nick Gage on AEW Dynamite, and the whole affair still feels very surreal.

Broken glass, light-tubes, and Gage’s customary pizza cutter all made an appearance during the bout, and now it’s been revealed that the match was Chris Jericho’s idea, and that he booked the bout, telling Inside the Ropes:

“Well, I’m not being egotistical when I say, ‘Of course it was my idea and of course I was fine with it,’ because I thought of it," Jericho said. "I booked the whole match as well. You never thought you’d see Chris Jericho in that type of match, maybe not on TNT, but why wouldn’t you see Chris Jericho in that type of match? Because I’ve done every other match! You know, go back to the book. I had the first-ever barbed wire match in Canadian history in 1993 against Beef Wellington and did the thumbtack bump with Moxley in the Ambrose Asylum Match and all that type of stuff.”

While many would argue that deathmatches don’t fit Jericho’s M.O., Le Champion claimed that if a match makes sense to a story then he’ll do it:

“If the story fits, I’ll do it – because it is all about storytelling. Obviously, it’s not something I would want to do every night or probably will ever do again but when you’re talking about the story that we’re telling, it was perfect for it. And I think that match was a classic in its genre. I think it might even be the most-watched death match of all time in the fact that we had 1.2 million people watching it. Show me another deathmatch that had that type of viewership. So it really did do what we wanted it to do, which was was kind of extend this storyline and create a stir and create a buzz. So like I said, was it was something that I would ever volunteer to do again? Probably not. But was it something that completely was 1000 percent approved and basically thought of by me? Well, guilty as charged.”

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