Jericho – a six-time world champion – had a glittering career with WWE and was considered a first ballot pick for the Hall of Fame.

The 48-year-old shocked the wrestling world this year however when he suddenly signed with start-up firm All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

AEW has been set-up be former WWE superstar, and wrestling royalty, Cody Rhodes – son the legendary “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.

It is being bankrolled by Fulham boss Tony Khan, and is current hoovering up numerous big name indie stars such as Kenny Omega and PAC.

Y2J has now claimed he believes his decision to join AEW has blacklisted him from WWE.

“I’m kind of public enemy number one there now.”

Chris Jericho

Speaking on Sirius XM, Jericho said: “I’ve talked with [Vince] a couple of times. But I’m kind of public enemy number one there now.

“I’ve been kind of removed from the annals of history.

“I asked the other day if I could have a couple of their guys on my podcast to promote Mania.

“I was told, ‘No, it’s not appropriate because you’re in AEW’.”

Jericho is still listed on the alumni section of WWE’s website after the shocking defection.

The wrestler is one of the most famous WWE stars of all time, being with the company on-and-off since 1999.

He last appeared on a WWE show back in April at the company’s first show in Saudi Arabia, The Greatest Royal Rumble. 

The 48-year-old has also been wrestling in Japan, losing his IWGP Intercontinental Championship in January at Wrestle Kingdom 13 to Tetsuya Naito. 

He added: “I am banned from WWE. I think my stuff is still on [the WWE Network].

“I haven’t been disgraced.

“But as far as I know, they had to take some videos down from UpUpDownDown of me playing. Took that off.

“They edited some stuff from The Edge & Christian Show that had my name on it.”

Wrestling fans have long been hopeful for a real rival to emerge to WWE to recreate the creative boom period of the late 90s.

WWE famously engaged in the Monday Night Wars with billionaire Ted Turner’s WCW.

The feud saw both shows go head-to-head with WWE Raw and WCW Nitro every Monday night to compete for ratings and wrestlers.

Grapplers would often jump ship between the two companies, and wrestling reached its peak popularity with stars like The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. 

Jericho flourished during the era – notoriously jumping from WCW to WWE in 1999.

Jericho is currently promoting AEW’s first show Double of Nothing, set to take place in Las Vegas in May.

Reports have been emerging of the firm approaching WWE talent who nearing the ends of their contracts.

And wrestlers in WWE have reportedly been “stunned” by the amount of money being handed to Jericho. 

The firm is positioning itself as a rival of WWE, which is currently gearing up for its biggest show of the year with WrestleMania this Sunday. 

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