Chris Jericho Wanted Group With Jon Moxley And Eddie Kingston In AEW
Before Chris Jericho feuded with Eddie Kingston he originally wanted to join him
The Inner Circle is dead and in its place stands The Jericho Appreciation Society, with Jericho, Jake Hager, Daniel Garcia, ‘Daddy Magic’ Matt Menard, and ‘Cool Hand Ange’ Angelo Parker waging war on pro wrestling in the name of ‘sports entertainment’.
So far the crew have been fighting Eddie Kingston, Santana, and Ortiz, but Chris Jericho himself revealed on Busted Open Radio that he originally envisaged teaming up with Eddie Kingston, rather than fighting him:
"I'd love to be able to tell you that I had this big overarching plan that was put into place in November when we started doing this thing with Eddie Kingston and I. It wasn't. It was just reading the room and evolving. My original idea was for maybe, Eddie, and (Jon) Moxley to be an alliance as babyfaces. I never really thought about turning heel. I always had this real romantic idea of never breaking up the Inner Circle and having us be together until the end.
“Once we started rolling and moving, I realised there was a lot we could do with it. When we were in Bridgeport, Connecticut, we had a promo and Eddie came out there and was like, 'I don't know why I'm out here. This is pro wrestling, not sports entertainment, if you want that, go down the block.' People just responded with a huge half cheer, half boo disdain for 'sports entertainment.' I was like, 'Oh, oh, our fanbase doesn't like that term. Interesting.' Then the wheels go into motion and you start thinking of 'maybe we can do something like this.' The sports entertainment thing came from listening to the fans and realising, 'they don't like this, I do. I'm a sports entertainer at heart. Let's talk about it and make it a thing on screen,' and that's what we did," Jericho said.