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Chris Jericho On The Origin Of Judas Effect And More

Top AEW Star Chris Jericho recently did a live Q&A with the fans, which he calls “Saturday Night Special” on his Facebook. During the Q&A, Jericho discussed the origin of his “Judas Effect” finisher. Jericho also talked about not having in-ring chemistry right off the bat with Kazuchika Okada and Perry Saturn.

Chris Jericho first talked about his “Judas Effect” finisher and said that while doing MMA training at Batista’s gym, he did the spinning elbow, then he repeated it a few more times and then he had this new finisher. Jericho also said that it was a brand-new time for him as he was starting with AEW, so he wanted to do something he had never really done before.

This is what Chris Jericho said:

“I was doing some MMA training earlier this year at Dave Bautista’s gym.” “You would punch and do kickboxing, and then do a spinning elbow. So, we did the spinning elbow, and I said, ‘Hold on, let’s try that a few times and let me see if this can work.’ And bingo, I had this new finisher, which is really cool because when you do a finishing move, you want it to be something used on everybody and something you can pull out of nowhere with lots of ways in it and out of it.”

“Plus, this was a brand new time for me starting with AEW, so I wanted to do something I’d never really done before. Something that’s never been kicked out of, that sort of thing. All of those things, putting together the Judas Effect, obviously a great name. When you go to a new company, you want to create a new character, something that’s never been done before and that includes reinvention.”

Jericho then talked about which wrestlers he didn’t have great in-ring chemistry with over the years. According to Jericho, those wrestlers are Kazuchika Okada, as Okada needed more time and Perry Saturn, as they just didn’t connect.

This is what Chris Jericho said:

“My match with [Kazuchika] Okada was really good, but I think it could have been better if I had more time with him.” “Some guys you click with right away, like [Hiroshi] Tanahashi I thought our match was incredible. Couldn’t have asked for a better match, it was my favorite match that I had in New Japan—even more than the Kenny [Omega] match. I think with Okada, I would have liked to have another match with him.”

“Perry Saturn was another guy, we never had a great match and we should have, but we just didn’t connect. All of them are great wrestlers. Other times you step in the ring for the first time—Kenny Omega, Tanahashi, Shawn Michaels. The Shawn Michaels match at WrestleMania 19 was the first time we ever had a match together.”

You can check out Chris Jericho’s full comments in the video below:

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