AEW superstar Chris Jericho was a recent guest on Jesse Ventura’s The World According To Jesse where the current #1 contender explained certain details about his AEW contract, clarifying that he’s not an independent contractor, but an employee of the company.
I don’t know everybody’s specific deals, but I am an employee of AEW. So there are inroads for that, at least for me. I’m a registered employee of the company. There are options that are opening up to this sort of vibe. When you play for a sports team — The Khan Family owns AEW, Jacksonville Jaguars, Fulham FC -0 there’s a different vibe there. It’s more of a big time sports mentality rather than the old school ‘the way things are done’ wrestling mentality. There is a time when you have to change that. Just because it is that way, doesn’t mean that it’s right.
Jericho states that there is more of a pro-sports mentality with how talent gets treated by the Khan family, revealing that they all have dental and health care, and comparing it to athletes on Fullham or the Jacksonville Jaguars.
AEW has health care and dental for the performers. You’re talking about a big sports team mentality instead of the every man for himself mentality the business has had for years. It’s something that appealed to me. I worked for WWE for 18 years. It’s hard to leave the place you’ve been for so long. There are loyalty and sentimental standpoint. From a business standpoint, there was no choice. AEW was better across the board, from the guarantee I was given, the contract I was given, the employee status, the healthcare. There’s a lot more of that going on, and I think that’s going to continue to grow, which will force eventually WWE to follow suit, or else everybody will want to leave to come to AEW, which is already happening anyway.
Watch Jericho’s full interview below. He comes in around the 14:40 mark. (H/T Fightful)