Tony Khan on how the Chris Jericho/MJF musical segment came about

Tony Khan on how the Chris Jericho/MJF musical segment came about

During the 1990s Chris Jericho fought in Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling, as well as internationally in independent Canadian, Mexican, German and Japanese federations. In August 1999 he joined the World Wrestling Federation, remaining there, with some breaks, for almost twenty years.

In January 2018 he returned to Japan, in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, while in May 2019 he signed a contract with All Elite Wrestling. Jericho is one of the most decorated wrestlers of all time, having won thirty-five titles across WWE, WCW, ECW, AEW, NJPW and CMLL.

He is a total seven-time world champion, having held the WWE Championship and AEW World Championship once, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice and the World Heavyweight Championship three times; He is also a two-time United States Champion, seven-time World Tag Team Champion and nine-time Intercontinental Championship (reigns record), making him one of four wrestlers to have completed the WWE Grand Slam with both the old format (fourth) both with the new (seventh).

Tony Khan was a guest on the AEW Unrestricted podcast and discussed how the much-discussed musical segment between Chris Jericho and MJF came about.

Tony Khan on Chris Jericho and MJF

“Chris comes in with a lot of ideas, and like with all things, I think like almost every idea Chris has is great.

And that idea, I thought was great. And I still think that idea, to get a buzz on this match and build their story, it’s brought in a ton of attention. And then the follow-up, the town hall which again, I would say is more of a conventional wrestling segment in a lot of ways than this, did incredibly well.

Chris’ ideas, so many of them are great. And with what you see Chris doing, a lot of it is Chris’ own ideas. I love working with Chris and putting together stuff for the show. And Chris has ideas for other people, too.

He’s a phenomenal wrestling genius" - Chris Jericho said. “The one thing on this little grid of stuff that I really took exception to, was (that) he pitched a dream sequence. And it would be a dream sequence where it would start singing.

And it would be like his dream, and I was like, ‘No, we’re not doing [laughs], we’re not gonna do that.’ So it’s like, you know. We can’t do that, and I can’t cannibalize a show like that.

But I do love the idea of Chris and Max singing. Because Chris is a great singer, and Max has a background in theater and singing. Great voices, both guys have great voices. And I think that for me, I’m a huge, huge fan of both guys, and I thought that this could be great. And I loved the idea of them singing, going off the steak dinner. I think it’s tremendous”.

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