With the help of Impact Wrestling and NJPW, All Elite Wrestling recently opened the ‘forbidden door’ in professional wrestling. Now, all that remains is the frame as Steve Austin and Chris Jericho have just smashed it off its hinges!
Current AEW-contracted star and the company’s first World champion, Chris Jericho, will be appearing on Steve Austin’s ‘Broken Skull Sessions’ on Sunday April 11, the day of the second night of WrestleMania 37. It will air on the WWE Network, which in the United States is now on Peacock.
The Network and Austin himself confirmed the news on Twitter on Friday:
Soon after the news dropped, Sports Illustrated release an interview with Austin discussing this incredible turn of event. Talking about how the interview came about he said:
“Having someone from there on a WWE show, especially the caliber of Chris Jericho, is pretty damn cool. Chris spent almost 20 years in WWE. When you talk about best runs in the history of the business, Chris Jericho’s name is going to come up.”
“I was having a beer one night after my Broken Skull Sessions interview with The Undertaker aired, and out of the blue, Chris Jericho reached out and said, ‘Man, that was a great interview.’ I sent him back a couple of those emojis, one of a beer mug and the other of an eagle, and then he called me right then and there. We got to talking. I’ve always respected the hell out of his career, and I’m glad they’re around—it gives the guys and girls in professional wrestling more places to work. I said, ‘I’d love to have you on the show.’ And he said he’d love to do it, so I checked with Vince [McMahon] about it.”
“I texted Vince and said we had this badass idea about Jericho coming on the show. Vince goes, ‘It’s cool. Go ahead.’ But me and Vince don’t always do well with phones and texts and all that, so I texted one more time, ‘Are you sure it’s O.K. to have Chris Jericho on the show?’ Vince gave me the thumbs up, and Chris came out to do the show.”
“We go into everything. Jericho is one of the all-time greats, and it’s going to be cool to have someone from AEW on a WWE show. To bottom line it, I’m excited for people to watch this show.”
Jericho remains front and centre of major AEW storylines, having recently led his Inner Circle faction back from a major beatdown and multi-week lay-off to exact revenge on MJF and The Pinnacle.
There had been teases of exactly this happening, as the old Y2J countdown used prior to Jericho’s WWE debut way back in 1999 was revived on social media earlier this week. But we were all adamant that it couldn’t have possibly been for this.
One can only hope that this opens the door for a more flexible relationship between select parts of both WWE and AEW. After all, the winners are us, the fans!