During this time of MADNESS when sports entertainment companies are taping shows in empty arenas, AEW has consistently outshined WWE – largely due to their recruiting “…a loud contingent of wrestlers to take the place of fans and add an energy to the room that might otherwise be lacking.”
On last night’s Dynamite, Chris Jericho joined Tony Shiavone in the broadcast booth to add his unique style of color commentary.
This week, it was Chris Jericho filling in on color commentary—making what might have felt like a lifeless display of wrestling-by-the-numbers feel very vibrant and alive.
It shouldn’t really come as any surprise that Jericho sat down, sipped a bit of the bubbly and totally owned the broadcast booth. He’s been owning everything he does in a wrestling ring for almost 30 years now.
He didn’t just fill time or manage to get by without embarrassing himself. He actively added to the show throughout, a complete and utter delight in a time when we all could use a smile or two.
It’s not just that he was funny throughout—though he was. What took his appearance to the next level was the way he managed to get the talent over in the ring while also delivering line after funny line.
Best of all was his infectious enthusiasm. He wasn’t in pure heel mode. He was the obnoxious Chris Jericho we love to hate, sure, but the version of Chris Jericho who didn’t try to hide that, in his heart, he’s a wrestling fan just like us.
Jericho is a jewel. Here are my favorite “Jerichoisms” from last night:
“Shaking hands and kissing babies didn’t get Chris Jericho anywhere.
He made it when he started kissing hands and shaking babies!”
“She went from Ace Frehley to Gene Simmons in the same match!”
“There better be a wardrobe malfunction here.”
(referring to AEW’s Production Team)
“Even if they are a bunch of idiots.”
“He almost spent 30 days in the doghouse…”
“Shut up, Pineapple Pete!”
(to Ref Aubrey Edwards)
“That’s the smartest thing you’ve said all day, Tony.”
“He’s got that Canadian tenacity.”
(Chris being Canadian himself…)
(to Tony Schiavone)
“I’ve been doing this for 30 years – I know you’ve been doing it for about 115…”
(referring to Cody Rhodes)
And check out this HILARIOUS clip from last week’s Dynamite:
Watch AEW Dynamite Wednesday nights at 5:00pm PT on TNT.