Chris Jericho has outlined the key differences between his previous WWE contracts and his current AEW deal in an interview with Jesse Ventura on The World According to Jesse.
Jericho clarified that under the terms of his AEW contract he is registered as a employee rather than an independent contractor – which is what WWE classifies its wrestlers as.
With that he receives health care, dental care, and all of the other benefits that employees receive.
AEW EVP’s Kenny Omega, Cody, The Young Bucks and Chief Brand Officer Brandi Rhodes are also classed an employees under their deals.
Jericho said that in AEW there is a “different vibe”, comparing it to a real sports mentality rather than the old school wrestling “the way things are done” mentality.
He went on to say there is a time when that approach needs to change and that “just because it is that way, doesn’t mean it is right”.
Jericho added that he thinks WWE need to follow suit and change the way its contracts are structured otherwise more and more wrestlers will want to leave and head for the greener pastures of AEW.
“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.”
Jericho is set to face Hangman Page in a match to crown the first ever AEW Champion at the already sold-out All Out on August 31.
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