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Since the very first show in May the talk has been about who will be the first World Champion for All Elite Wrestling. For the last few years Adam Page has been one of the quickest rising stars in wrestling and has been perfecting his Hangman character and slowly moving from prospect to borderline main event talent. Page does have what it takes to lead a promotion as it's franchise, but he isn't there just yet and AEW needs a proven talent to be on top as they continue to lay the foundation for the company.
Enter Chris Jericho! At this point I'm not sure how to describe Chris Jericho other than by saying he has truly done it all in the wild world of wrestling. It is hard to believe that next October will enter an exclusive club as someone who has been active in ring for thirty years. Jericho debuted on October 2nd, 1990 and has found his footing in every promotion he has ever been a part of even if it took a little longer in some places. The first time remember seeing Jericho was a member of WCW, but I didn't really become a fan until a few years into his run with WWE.
Overall everyone has used endless adjective to describe the career of Jericho and I think the best way to describe him at this point is the "ageless wonder." At 48 years old, Jericho is not only a household name, but is leading the charge for AEW in building their foundation. Very few people in wrestling nowadays are a more stable person to build around. At one point I thought that they would go with the bold choice and let Page take the title and build him, but I also knew giving the gold to the established star was the right decision especially heading to October 2nd on TNT. One more note is that Jericho is now the only person to have held gold in NJPW, WWE, ECW, WCW, CMLL, and AEW he has become an "Icon".