Chris Jericho & The People Behind All Elite Wrestling Speak On The Company

Chris Jericho & The People Behind All Elite Wrestling Speak On The Company


[Music] there you go perfect hello world what is up welcome to build I’m your host Matt Forte we are here live at the build studio in New York City all elite wrestling is a new professional wrestling promotion built and designed from the ground up with wrestlers and wrestling fans in mind in just the last 10 or so months a e-w has brought an excitement to professional wrestling that hasn’t been seen in over two decades with a growing roster of world-class male and female athletes who are poised to bring new spirit freshness and energy to the industry and joining me hot off the premiere of their new weekly live Wednesday night dynamite on TNT some of the biggest names in the game I’m talking literal icons people Chris Jericho is here Jon Moxley is here nyla Rose jungle boy Jack Perry and awesome konkey as Stevens how y’all feel about that you guys excited I’m excited very excited so so you’re on notice at home audience you better be excited as well we’re gonna bring them out in just a moment but first I believe we have a look at the gang in action so let’s go ahead and run that clip we want to set a new standard for all of pro wrestling we have the best performers in the world we’re doing something very different this is not an recommend [Music] this is a revolution [Applause] [Music] [Applause] today [Applause] that is it’s a show for wrestling fans buy wrestlers 12,000 tickets sold in just four minutes this is what you call a paradigm shift [Applause] bucks they’re just fearless I’m not your average cookie cutter chick [Music] the real question is are they ready for us the lead wrestling on TNT man what a promo evens people all right come on there we go awesome oh man guys congratulations one and all what an amazing week it’s been for you so far the numbers are in after the first night of what the fans are calling the Wednesday night Wars you guys are the clear Victor of course by a mile how does it feel right now to have the fans show up and be there for you guys and have such an awesome occasion happen this week it’s not a war for us we’re not in the war with anybody other than ourselves I think the most important thing about the rating the other day was that we were number two on the demo for the whole night and if you know about ratings the numbers are great but the demo is more important so we’re not even talking about other wrestling shows we’re talking with the entire evening other than that dastardly Major League Baseball which beat us but other than that it was a huge victory all across the board and it’s good to know that there’s a fan base for a wrestling company outside of the box and people have been talking and pontificating and wonder it was going to happen now that we have this show and this rating and the vibe of what we’re gonna be presenting every week under our belts on week one it shut everybody up and now we can just get to work and put on a great show every week let’s win in the sales for sure and you’re right the the numbers is not just the the wrestling it’s this was the number like in five years the highest premiere TN t–‘s had our scene it was like a massive hit by any standard it’s not just for the sport itself and you know and I said this is my introduction I mean it wholeheartedly I think a lot of people will agree as wrestling fans you guys are bringing an excitement that we haven’t seen in decades you’re bringing something back to the game that we’ve been missing that we went that we’ve been wanting it long before what’s it feel like I want to go around to be at the forefront of that excitement to be able to bring that energy back into the game well as a wrestling fan I mean to be a wrestler first year wrestling fan so to be a wrestling fan and have that that energy that’s like tangible out there it’s a it’s exciting you know because sometimes things get a little wound but there’s an excitement in the air right now and you know people who are going through their neighbors how did you see it did you see it you know and that’s that’s exciting especially to be a part of there’s such a buzz about the business now that was basically created when we were when we started back in January when this was announced suddenly the whole wrestling world was put into a tailspin about the fact that there was an actual alternative to Devin would be for the first time in 20 years that was great for the guys and girls in the business it was great for the fans for the television companies all across the board I think at this point in time solely because of aw especially our company wrestling has become cool again and then we’re the kind of the forerunners of that I want to go around the horn and talk to everybody real quick and start with just what it was that brought you to aew why you decided to jump in and join ship and hitch to this wagon and join this party because a lot of you without question the best in the game and that’s been said about almost everybody on this stage so why was it aw that’s where I want to be that’s where I’m signing up with Chris we’ll start with you and then we’ll go around we’ll go to John next to see when I heard that jungle boy was gonna be there he’s so sexy I just had to come and be home I mean come on jeez I mean for me it was a chance to have the creative freedom and the artistic freedom that you don’t get anywhere else in this business and the chance to you know we’re talking about changing changing the universe and changing history and we’ve done that and to me that was exciting to be a part of something from the ground up because if you’re a wrestling fan from our generation or the generation before maybe even the generation before you’ve never seen a company a wrestling company start from scratch at the highest of levels like we have WV started in them I don’t know 40s 50s NWA WCW started in the 20s or whatever it was this is a chance to see a company whose very first show was at a sold-out arena with 14,000 people on a major network with a great Ross or some of the best performers in the world you’ve never had that chance before so to me that was the biggest appeal to be able to do something that really could make a difference to the business John how about you man your your showing up at the end – double or nothing Jeb jaws were on the floor man and I was reading you signed that day you put pen to paper and then that night you were running into the ring did you know at that moment that you’d be joining that quickly you do I’m in here’s the contract and now let me get out there was it all on your head from the beginning or is it all just kind of organically happened it didn’t happen that day it was a couple weeks it score was made the official agreement for me it was all just crazy timing and so much of this business is just timing I’d made the decision months and months and months ago that I was gonna leave where I was before and as funny because I attempted to throw everything away as far as money fame could care whether or not I ever get recognized on the street for the rest of my life that’s not a part of why I do this you know wrestling in front of 15,000 people being a you know on the top of the industry I attempted to throw all that away and go back to wrestling in like VFW bingo halls or whatever it didn’t work out like that I’m sitting here talking to you right now and I’m wrestled in front of 15,000 people again it was all just crazy timing and I kind of didn’t even find aw aw just kind of found me it all just it oh honey story he actually happened call me for some advice because we’re pretty good friends from from w/e and he didn’t even know not the most socially media friendly guy didn’t even know that aw was a thing and he’s like what I want to get out of here I do I said well there’s a place you can go and he’s like really tell me about it so that’s it was weird because I was talking I was actually tired I didn’t share with anybody even my close to friends endeavor to be that I was leaving nobody knew except just my wife basically the first person who knew outside of me was a Chris because if we happen to be talking we’d always kind of maintain contact you know passing Sasquatch articles and UFO videos along and stuff like that and I was just like yeah dude I’m out of here and he’s like dude you need to come work with us I’m like what and then it was maybe minutes later I was on phone Cody I’m friends with and he starts explaining to me this stuff that people don’t know yet and I’m like no way really I kind of at first kind of believe it when you see it but I’m like you know I was gone whether or not and then it all just and the first show was in my hometown so I didn’t have to get on a plane yeah yeah it was almost like by accident you know it was almost like if like me and Chris and Awesome Kong are like friends and I got off work early and I just showed up at their house and they didn’t know I was gonna show up at their house but they were getting ready to go to the bar and I was like oh hey what’s going on right when they’re about to leave they’re like we’re going to the bar and I’ll be like okay I’m come to that’s kind of like how I ended up yeah that’s amazing yeah how about you it’s weird cuz I thought I had left wrestling so I went you know I got in Hollywood you big show right now Hollywood I’ve taken my last bump and you know gonna be paying people to bump for me now and then ATW starting it was like okay well what y’all doing over there when I had left wrestling it wasn’t fun for me anymore and became an occupation a job and I felt that I owed to wrestling if I felt like that to leave it and with aw you gotta made it fun again after Vegas that was fun I was okay I think I’m gonna come back to wrestling because y’all had made it fun again and I missed it so thanks to the fans for that did any of your time on glow and working on that show which by the way around of applause we can see amazing that show fantastic deed did any of your time working in that environment did you bring any of that experience or anything you learned there back to the game back into the ring with you when you came to atw I mean just things that I learned about being an artist yeah yes but you know the rest learn mean one once you’re a wrestler it never sleeps like you know am I go dormant for a while but once the wrestling has you just it’s got and I don’t know like the beasts just woke up again I was like I want to play I want to play with those people I want to play again so that’s why I’m like she told me a great story when she came to Vegas she thought it was just another indie show and she wanted to set up a table in the back of the venue and sell gimmicks Oh where’s everybody because we have like the starcast society they’re like they’re off the show I was like oh at the show there’s a there’s a local show and I seriously like got by like eight my channels like I will set up a little table the porter the seer sinner okay they’re not gonna let me set up and that’s well that was like my first introduction to lay I was like oh what is this I why wasn’t I invited how do I get in so yeah started like knocking on doors and look at people through windows like a jungle boy in the back man you like a year and change you were ready to cut your teeth and work the road one of the independent circuit jungle boy popped and now here we are X amount of months later you’re sharing a locker room with icons and legends what’s this journey been like for you man it’s been amazing I mean really for me it is a dream come true and it feels like that a lot I kind of can’t believe how quickly it’s all come about you know I think I got lucky kind of with the timing of everything I kind of blew up on the Andes around the same time this was all coming about so I you know that feels lucky to me as a fan I kind of I kind of fell out of love with wrestling for a while in terms of watching it and it you know wasn’t what I had fallen in love with originally and that was kind of a bummer because I loved it and for me really it was it was Kenny Omega and the young bucks and Cody and Chris who got me interested in watching again and they kind of reignited that passion that I had for it so then when I got the opportunity to be involved with them and ever announced their there was no way I wasn’t gonna take it out working with guys at this level what’s that do for your game does it force you to up your game are you trying to take advantage to learn as much as you can’t ask us many questions as you can yeah well I’m nervous all the time because to perform in front of these guys but um yeah I’m super excited I feel like it’s gonna do nothing but positive things I mean I have the best in the world here to ask for advice and feedback and on it so awesome and now nyla you you had a great match on Wednesday you were so close I thought you had it you pulled ahead yeah coming out of a moment like that what do you take from that experience going into the next match cuz I know you want that belt oh for sure for sure everything’s a learning experience you know and luckily we can go back watch the replay I can kind of study where I went a little off kilter and kind of correct myself but yeah just being around everybody being able to pick brains and and learn and constantly improve I couldn’t ask for a better reason it’s kind of why I’m here it’s 100% selfishly motivated you know like I saw who all was involved and I was like I need to be a part of that you know I need to if I’m gonna get better I need to be around the best plain and simple I was reading an article III didn’t realize you are Trailblazer you are the first openly trans woman to sign a major contract which I’ve seen when you see headlines and things like that written about you how do you carry that is that is that extra pressure is there pride what does it feel like when articles identify you as that and and you are that person it’s it’s a little weird like there there is a bit of pressure there’s definitely a bit of pride but at the same time it’s you know I want to make enough noise to the point where they’re not putting that out there you know the you don’t see hey we signed a black guy like you know hey we just signed three Jewish guys you know you don’t see that like there’s there’s none of that out there so it’s like I’ll be so happy when we get to the point where it’s like nyla did something and that like that’s the headline that’s like no longer you know like that’s what we gotta get and you know if I can help get us there I don’t mind driving the car for a little bit I’m used to these long road trips the the organization like head to toe best talent in the world you guys got even even outside of there you got gold jr. on the mic I saw Earl Hebner was officiating that was like my god this is there a certain level of comfort or or trust when you find out that at every point the organization you’ve got world-class talent working with you guys mindset was across the board is we didn’t want it to be like other companies that come out and they they have you know a lot of former WB guys guys that have been around for years that are they’re back again that’s fine but we didn’t want that we knew that there was enough talent out in the world that chose not to go to doe to me that wanted to do things their own way and that’s one thing that was gonna really appeal to me was he had the Bucks in Kenya Omega and Cody and guys like this that were making great money and becoming big big names completely on their own doing things their own way and not having to worry about the WB system so throw that in there with some some vets some familiar faces like mocks and myself I find that we’re kind of the bridge that brings people to aew all we know jon moxley we know jericho we know dustin rhodes we’ve seen Cody before but once you come check out aw then you get to see the Nile is in the Kong’s and-and-and jungleboy mjf and Adam page and all these guys candy in the box that they don’t have a fanbase in mainstream America they will now after one week and so we’re gonna have a lot of guys that are almost ten year over night sensations people that they’ve never seen them before but they’ve been working and honing their craft for years and that’s gonna help us huge cuz we have a lot of star power on our show which is what you need to have a successful wrestling company but the fresh star power yeah what I was thinking the other day was like what makes this different than maybe previous ventures is it’s not you know any old timers past their primes former names dough W castoffs anything like that if you look at the top six eight maybe ten maybe more guys of the top wrestlers in aw all of them Kenny the Bucks Cody Chris and myself pox others if we wanted to be we could be in dough W right now we’re all actively choosing to do something else so there’s a there’s a different that’s a different level of motivated people all in their prime with big fan bases you know all guys and girls so it’s a there’s so much excitement is thought there was so much excitement there’s so much excitement in the business right now just it’s exciting to see the moves other companies are making and how they’re you know bringing back pyro and stuff like that you’re like oh it’s on you know just there’s more it’s just fun in the fans of the energy it was just fun backstage just like that there was so much energy and it was like I mean in a big difference to like backstage isn’t Debra dovey for instance you know it’s a lot of corporate speak and a lot of showing the line and a lot of company line and rah-rah speeches and crap like that and it’s all bull crap we’re a team and it’s like really this there’s none of that there’s none of that whatsoever but it really felt like a team effort the other night it really felt like high-fives and slaps on the button like it was it was really exciting to be a part of everybody said pretty much up here that’d their passion for wrestling that a dummy existed and a lot of fans have been saying to me and a lot of guys in the business but the fans like you know I wasn’t watching and now I’m excited to be a wrestling fan again I watched for ten years and haven’t watched for ten years and now it’s making me excited to enjoy this business and that’s really really cool for us because I think when you’re talking about doing 1.4 million people I think a lot of those people were maybe lapsed wrestling fans if you go back to the Monday Night Wars which were only you know 10 to 20 years ago let’s say there was a 12 million people watching wrestling on a Monday night now there’s 2.2 million where did all those people go was there a rapture that just took them all the way they obviously were right I think there are fans at some point and now maybe they didn’t like the WV presentation or system and they want to give a e W triangle well that’s that’s Russ in the way that I like it so I think we’re gonna get a lot of our fan base coming from the nether regions that that weren’t watching on a Monday or a Tuesday and just want to be a part of aw from the ground up guys aw dynamite it’s every Wednesday 8 p.m. Eastern Time on TNT the next two shows for those on this coast you’re in Boston and Philly I believe right yeah two huge it’s town’s very aggressive audience so you guys pumped for that energy I mean that’s gonna be nuts he’s flying out he’s pumped therefore like the energy in my house is all amazing yeah yeah both those shows sold out in hours just because of the buzz so it’s great because you talked about wrestling being very strong in this area New York Philly Boston Washington where we were the other night so Pittsburgh it’s good to know that we have a fan base in those cities because before we were doing a show every couple months people could travel now it’s every Wednesday year in Boston how many fans do we have in Boston well we have 10,000 at least so that’s we have to cultivate our own fan base in each city that we go to which is not easy to do but we’ve been we’ve been getting a great jump on that by selling thousands of tickets every day a show goes on sale I want to make sure we got time we’ve got a bunch of questions in the room where go to them but thank you you’re all extraordinary athletes and entertainers and it’s so much fun to watch you guys doing what you’re doing and it looks like you guys are having fun out there too and it just makes it such a great experience so congratulations I look forward to every Wednesday night watching you guys do your thing we’ve got at least four fantastic let’s go we got microphones in the room first one right here in the front do it up hi my name is Scott I’m a big fan I was in Washington on Wednesday I was at the inaugural event in Las Vegas it was the best wrestling show I’d ever seen in my life and I’ve been to a lot of shows I was also in Jacksonville and you guys never take a night off thank you so much for that I have two questions number one I know you absolutely killed it on Wednesday dynamite almost doubled next and you know I know you guys are fresh and there’s a lot of excitement a lot of buzz and other than you know just great product great wrestling how do you plan to keep those numbers up and number two about the the wrestling crews that you have I know in the past you know last MIT there’s been last-minute cancellations of other wrestling talent being forced out by pressure by the other organization are you worried about a lot of the bigger stars from the other wrestling organizations last-minute last-minute sort of cutting out again because the pressures well it’s a war now it wasn’t when those guys were booked on my cruise but it’s part of the business and that’s why I based everything around Chris Jericho and aew I know we’ll be there so if someone has to pull out that’s there’s nothing I can do about it’s still gonna be one of the best vacations and one of the best times of your life and we can’t worry about the pettiness of the WB if they do or do not want to do something so we’ll be there it’s gonna be a blast either way and that’s the best I can say great Thank You Man I’ve got at least three more let’s go for the next one right here hi Congrats on Wednesday night my question was Winston next aww show up whenever it’s coming to New York New Jersey area if you know not soon enough yeah the website yeah we’ve been talking about it for a while and we almost had a big show here that once again was kind of sorted by the evil empire but we’ll be here when we do we’ll sell that show out in a fuckin hour obviously thank you guys great question better answer we’ve got time for two more and Stuart I’ll go for it hey Chris this is for you and feel free old are you guys to jump in you’ve been entertaining in the business for like since you were 19 in various ways what do you plan to bring to the table for aew I think all of us feel the same thing we’re just gonna bring what we do and that once again like I mentioned earlier and I think we all feel the same way is we have the creative freedom to be the artists that we are October 2nd was legit my 29th anniversary my first match from pinoke Alberta to Washington DC but I know what I’m doing he knows what he’s doing they all know what they’re doing we don’t need somebody to write stuff for us and say here say this if I was doing a movie and I was playing the character of Johnny Schwartz and I was given a script that’s awesome but no one knows how to play the character of Chris Jericho more than I do I think that’s the best best best part about aw is we can be the characters and the personalities that we know are going to get over to the biggest of our abilities so I think that’s a fresh and clean slate for the business because it’s not like that anywhere else but we’re like that here you could see that on Wednesday just how much of an improv element there was and it was much more Wild West which made it so much more fun to watch and to be a part of the biggest thing everybody’s gonna be bringing is passion unbridled unscripted Unchained passion with whatever they do to the ring all the guys all the girls whatever whatever they’re doing you know just to piggyback on that and fans of that passion to you know it’s like there’s been a resuscitation like a revival of people’s passion in the wrestling industry like wrestlers I I can see the attitudes that they had when they first got into wrestling 10 15 years ago that’s the energy that I’ve seen backstage and it’s that that that magic happens in the ring and then you guys feel it and we’re all having fun in there and when you have fun in there you’re not approaching it as a job you know people can see through that so I think once you know you see the passion and just the fun that we’re having and you join in we’re all gonna be having a good time a better time than we had in the last decade or so I’ve got time for one more question let’s go ahead and do it you’ve got a microphone I feel like I’m in the back of the class here make it gang so once again congratulations to each and every one of you for Wednesday night and continuing the build and for me as a wrestling fan and I lost my way for many years for the products that were out there thank you for reinvigorated reinvigorating myself as a wrestling fan wrestling is always a forward-facing business so my question is for the entire panel where do you see yourself any organization a year from today moving forward bigger badder and bolder I mean you know we we’ve been building this from the ground up from day one you know we knocked it out of the park on Wednesday and I think it’s safe to say we’re just gonna keep doing what we do it’s a formula that’s worked for us we’re gonna keep doing that and just keep building would you say five years whatever we’re gonna be bigger and badder than that I think two is we’re very smart and how we’re building it and we’re not biting off more than we can chew we understand what the market is and we understand who the biggest player is and listen we love WV I loved I loved working for Vince McMahon this is not a cut down of that company but we have to concentrate on our way of doing things and the buildings that were booking are big ones but they’re not the biggest in the city we’re smart off to know we have to build our fan base we have a lot to prove to people in America and around the world that consider wrestling to be double to be only and that’s fine I think if you give us a shot you will join the aw you know team and it’s gonna take a while it takes you know uh you’d be wrestling for a W for a year and have somebody come up to you the airport he’s still wrestling I haven’t seen him BB for a while that’s okay it takes a while to let people know who we are we got a great roster we got a great production team we have the best TV partner and we got a uh you know we got a lot of passion likelike like mock said so I think a year from now like Madison will be bigger and badder but we’re also very smart and how we’re doing this we’re building our foundation one brick at a time and a year from now our castle is gonna be even taller and stronger than it is right now I’ve been surprised at every step of the way I mean it’s gonna be a long journey to get you know where we want to go as you know entrenched as you know a huge viable alternative it’s a big deal and no probabiy stumbling blocks along the way and you know but it just seems like one good thing keeps happening after another momentum keeps building I think that is indicative of the passion of this fanbase whether they be new fans or old fans or laps fans or whatever you want to call them I just keep getting but more so the rating was huge building sold out just one thing after another that I keep going I’m just like a year from now who knows man cheese I might take over the world by accident and it’s because of you guys like we’re yeah we’re doing the work but there’d be no work to be done if you weren’t returning the love at the end of the day it’s a lot of excitement well every Wednesday right now every Wednesday dine on my aw dynamite is on TNT yeah gotta get Jimmy Walker to say that he got yeah how is that not happened yet Jimmy Walker if you’re listening I’m sure you are he’s a big fan of the show give me a call that 75 now I think so is it home and watches Google it Google you guys again so cool to have all of you here I know you’re heading over to comic-con right gonna have some fun over there as well so keep an eye out for that but until then guys every single Wednesday TNT next Wednesday in Boston John Ashley Shawn Spears that’s right hit him sorry I’m trying to take his head off try and put his head through a wall I’m gonna whoop that boy’s ass do not miss it make some noise ladies John [Applause] [Music] you

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