Whether you like it or not, pro wrestling is no longer a young person’s game. It never has been really, but for some reason a bigger spotlight has been shone on older stars in recent years than ever before. Perhaps because there are more of them. Sting has returned to the ring at 62, Rey Mysterio has wrestled across five different decades, and Chris Jericho was AEW’s first World Champion.
Chris Jericho’s Undertaker Role
Speaking of Le Champion, Jericho recently revealed all about wrestling in his 50s and how he views himself in AEW while speaking with PopCulture. Jericho admitted had you asked him his plans five years ago, he probably would have told you he’d be retired by now. However, the emergence of AEW has rejuvenated him and now he has no idea when he’ll be done wrestling.
Jericho actually sees himself as occupying a similar role to the one The Undertaker was in towards the tail end of his WWE career. “Every time he does something, it’s impactful; it means something. He’s a benefit to have in the locker room,” Jericho explained. “He can tell guys and girls what they’re doing right and what they’re doing wrong. And it’s just a good person to have around your roster.”
No Comparison For The Deadman
Jericho is careful to point out that he isn’t comparing himself to The Undertaker by any means. Just that his career has reached a point where a lot of comparisons can be drawn between the two. Jericho doesn’t need to wrestle full-time anymore. He can pick his spots like The Deadman did towards the end of his in-ring career. He’s also one of the first people young stars in AEW will go to for advice since he has been in the business for three decades.
It will be interesting to see what’s next for Jericho and when he eventually does wind down his in-ring career. This year will actually mark the 30th anniversary of his very first match, something he will likely celebrate in some way when the exact day arrives later this year. Like The Undertaker, Jericho has constantly tweaked his character to remain relevant, and odds are he will continue to do that for as long as he wrestles.