By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Chris Jericho spoke with Inside the Ropes and noted that he won’t be working the “All In” event or the New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Special. “I got asked to do Long Beach [NJPW event], I said no. I got asked to do Cow Palace [NJPW’s July event’, I said no. I got asked to do “All In,” I said no. I don’t want to do that… You should see how many indie promoters have contacted me over the last six months…
“This is a calculated, big money proposition. Big money for me, big money for the company… I’m not going to work anywhere else, unless you want to pay six f—ing figures, I’m not bragging, but this is where we’re at. This is (Floyd) Mayweather and (Conor) McGregor type shit for me. I’m not saying I’m making $55 million like those guys did, but for what I’m doing it’s the most financial… it’s the most I’ve made for the least amount of matches in my entire career. So it’s very calculated, everything I do has to be very smart.” Check out the full video below or at Youtube.com.
Powell’s POV: Jericho added that he is enjoying the freedom yet it’s “still rooted in the respect for Vince McMahon and the WWE” and therefore he doesn’t want to work independent events in the United States. Jericho is taking a simple and yet downright brilliant business approach by limiting the number of appearances he makes to maximize the value of his those appearances. Not every pro wrestler can take this approach, but it will be interesting to see if any other big names emulate this business strategy. For instance, I imagine Daniel Bryan could do very well for himself if he opted to leave WWE once his deal expires and take the Jericho approach to his bookings.
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