Pro Wrestling Legend & All Elite Wrestling Star Chris Jericho recently spoke with Jesse “The Body” Ventura on RT America on a number of topics including healthcare in wrestling. Jericho said that AEW provides healthcare and dental for their employees because that is the kind of mentality the Khan Family has rather than an every man for himself approach.
This is what Chris Jericho said: “It’s harder to get healthcare just by proxy for what we do for a living.” “Once again AEW has healthcare and dental (for employees). Once again you are talking about a big sports team mentality (that the Khan family has) rather than every man for himself way of doing things for many years. It is one of the things that appealed to me because I worked for the WWE for 18 years. It’s hard to leave the place you been for so long, there are sentimental actors and loyalty factors”
Jericho then said that he spoke with WWE before deciding to sign with AEW and the deal that AEW was offering was much more better in all aspects than what WWE was offering. Jericho also said that WWE must learn to change and follow what AEW is doing or else everyone in WWE will want to leave for AEW, which is what is already happening.
This is what Chris Jericho said: “From a business standpoint there was no choice, AEW was better across the board.” “From the guarantee that I was given, the employee status, the healthcare, there is a lot more of that going on. I think that is going to continue to grow, which will force WWE to follow suit or everybody will want to leave WWE and come to AEW, which is already starting to happen.”
Jericho then concluded by saying that in the wrestling business you have to stand up for what you believe in and you have to stick to your guns, but sometimes you have to take what you are given and make it work.
This is what Chris Jericho said: “The wrestling business at times can be very immoral.” “You have to stand up for what you believe in. If you are uncomfortable with doing something, have some moral dilemma, there is always a way to express yourself without being abrasive, giving ultimatums, people do not like ultimatums, that is not the way you do it. The bottom line is you have to pick what mountain you die on. If is something you really believe in, then you got to stick to your guns and damn the torpedoes. If it’s something you are okay with, sometimes you have to take what you are given and make it work.”
You can check out the full interview in the video below: