Chris Jericho’s regular Saturday Night Special YouTube show is starting to become a real source of entertainment. Not to mention a treasure trove of headlines for news sites like ours!
This week Jericho was on his usual top form, not only revealing a new entrant for AEW’s Deadly Draw tournament (Click here for that particular spoiler) but also answering a question about talent he wants to see in AEW in the near future.
When asked by a viewer to name the five names he would like to see sign for All Elite Wrestling, Jericho had this to say:
“Roman Reigns, Will Ospreay, Ricochet, [Kota] Ibushi, and Don Callis. Yes, that’s all I’ve got to say about that. Yes, I would love to have Ricochet in AEW. I’d work with him in a second.”
An interesting list to say the least.
Will Ospreay, Ricochet and Kota Ibushi are obvious picks. They are three names that many wrestling fans with a knowledge of the world scene would pick out.
Roman Reigns is a name a certain portion of the wrestling fanbase would scoff at. However, figures within wrestling, such as Jericho, constantly and consistently push Reigns as someone they feel is an excellent professional wrestler and a true leader in the locker room. It is fair to say that most within wrestling see Reigns’ skill and recognise that his unpopularity is solely due to the nature of his unrellenting and unsubtle push at the top of the card.
Don Callis is the one non-wrestler in the group but shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone with a knowledge of Jericho’s career.
Callis and Jericho’s relationship goes back to the 1980s in the Canadian wrestling scene and each has been instrumental to the other getting opportunities in recent years. Callis, who has been a commentator for NJPW for a number of years, was responsible for setting Jericho’s initial foray into Japan for his Wrestle Kingdom match with Kenny Omega in 2018.
As well as his highly regarded commentary work with the Japanese group, Callis is one of the power brokers at Impact Wresting and should be given a significant portion of the credit for their recent turnaround.
He would indeed be an asset to All Elite Wrestling in a number of roles.
When pushed, Jericho didn’t stop at the five names. He also suggested that current WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champion Cesaro would have significant success in the Tony Khan owned company. Of the Swiss, Jericho said:
“Now we just have to get Cesaro in AEW and then we’ll really stir it up. I think Cesaro in AEW would be one of our top guys.”
Whilst there is little doubt Cesaro would be a success in AEW, does Jericho’s choice of words in specifically pegging him as a ‘top guy’ also act as a playful dig at WWE’s booking of the veteran star? Many fans consider Cesaro to be the most under-utilised talent in wrestling today.