Exclusive: Chris Jericho discusses Sting and Paul Wight signing with AEW

Stephanie Chase
·3-min read
Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling
Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling

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Chris Jericho made AEW a force to be reckoned with in the wrestling world when he signed with the company back in 2019.

Two years on and AEW has singed two more legends, Sting, and the former Big Show, Paul Wight.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, Jericho shared his thoughts on Sting and Wight’s signings, while applauding AEW’s treatment of wrestling legends over WWE's.

"These are guys that were kind of almost insulted in their WWE runs," Jericho said. "[Sting and Wight were] definitely not treated with too much respect over the last few years.

Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling
Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling

"We treat our legends with respect, we don't make jokes out of them and WWE is notorious for that, whether it's Sting, Paul Wight, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, Jake Roberts, Dustin Rhodes, throw in Chris Jericho.

"We know how to treat our legendary performers with respect and make them all look great and make them all worthy of being in AEW because if they aren't worthy of being in AEW why would they be there?"

He continued: "Everybody's that's under contract in AEW is there and designed to be as much of a star as they possibly can be."

Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)
Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

Speaking about Wight's shock signing with AEW, Jericho said: "He was considered to be a WWE tentpole, one of the foundations of the company but they weren't really using him.

"But I know the value of [Wight], he's got one thing you can't teach, experience and who he is as a character, understanding comedy, drama and when to be violent.

"I also know that he's a great mentor for some of our bigger guys that we have, Lance Archer and Luchasaurus, those types of guys and most importantly I know how dangerous a motivated Big Show can be."

Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling
Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling

When it comes to Sting, Jericho was in WCW at the height of Sting's popularity in the late 90s, yet the two never had a match together.

And while many may have thought Sting was coming to AEW to be a non-wrestling attraction, at Revolution, he'll be teaming with Darby Allin to take on Team Taz.

"What a surprise it was to bring him in and also another shock," Jericho said.

"Here he is getting planted on a powerbomb from Brian Cage and then doing a great Stinger Splash and the Scorpion Death Drop, he's got a lot left in the tank."

See Chris Jericho team with MJF against The Young Bucks on AEW Revolution live on Fite TV at 1am on Monday, March 8. AEW Dynamite airs Thursdays at 1am on Fite TV in the UK and on Fridays at 11pm on ITV4.

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