Earlier this week, Chris Jericho shocked the wrestling world when he was revealed to be one of the first signings for the newly-formed All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
Jericho is now signed with AEW for the next three years, meaning it's unlikely that we see him perform for the WWE at any point during this period.
With the announcement of him signing with AEW seemingly coming out of the blue for many wrestling fans earlier this week, many thought Vince McMahon would've been shocked to see him on the stage at AEW's announcement event as well.
However, from Jericho himself, this wasn't the case.
During an interview with WSVN-TV Entertainment Reporter Chris Van Vliet, via Wrestling Inc, Y2J revealed that he actually spoke with the WWE Chairman before signing his deal with AEW to tell him what was going to happen.
He said: "I spoke to Vince before I signed, and he knew it. The words we exchanged were very amicable, and it wasn't like it was a surprise. Business is business.
"Vince McMahon is my friend; I respect him, I love the guy -- no ill will whatsoever, just the business road took me this way. I would've been crazy not to do it because I might insult somebody. I think the first guy who would agree with that is Vince."
Jericho is one of the best wrestlers of all-time and has been in the business for so many years, so it comes as no surprise that he has respect for others that provided him with opportunities in the past as Vince has.
Y2J also explained why he signed with AEW in the first place instead of going back to the WWE.
"As the past year progressed, going from New Japan to All In to The Cruise, and kind of seeing how life was on the other side, I realized, like The Young Bucks, like Kenny Omega and these guys, you can make a good living outside the WWE.
"Then when you have a billionaire getting involved, suddenly you have the biggest offer of my career -- by far -- I couldn't say no. For the next three years, it's AEW. That's where I'm signed, and that's the contract that I have."
For now, WWE fans won't see Jericho in the company's ring for the next three years, but fans will be hoping he has one last run with the company before he decides to call it a day.News Now - Sport News