AEW’s “Demo God” Chris Jericho returned to his weekly Saturday Night Special to answer various questions from the fans. When one person asked Chris which wrestlers he wishes he could have competed in the ring with, he was quick with his response.
“I think probably the two guys I always wanted to wrestle the most were Owen Hart and Bret Hart,” Jericho said. “So those would be the guys that I would go with, so whatever era that is. I think one of my big regrets – not regrets, my biggest ‘sad opportunity’ or whatever you might call it is that I never got to wrestle Owen Hart.
“When I left WCW to go to WWE in 1999, if you would have asked me the top 10 reasons why I’m leaving WCW for WWF, the reasons were this, this, this, and this, and number 9 or 10 would have been for the opportunity to wrestle Owen Hart,” Jericho added. “And he passed away, gosh, three or four months before I showed up. So, I always wish I could have wrestled Owen.”
Bret has not wrestled a match since Fall 2011. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 and again in 2019 as part of The Hart Foundation. Bret also appeared at AEW’s Double Or Nothing pay-per-view in 2019 to present the AEW World Title for the first time.
Despite being in WCW at the same time as Bret Hart, Jericho notes how the higher ups in the company didn’t see him at the same level as “The Hitman”.
“I never got to wrestle Bret. We were in WCW for a while but I was never at that level where they would put me in the ring with him, at least in their mind. In my mind, I was totally at that level, but whatevs.”
Jericho took to his Talk Is Jericho podcast in 2019 with a similar sentiment about Owen, calling him his all-time dream opponent. According to Jericho, Hart would have been a huge star in professional wrestling if he had not tragically passed away before hitting his peak.
“Owen Hart would be so amazing in this day and age, in this era, because he was such a pioneer and such a revolutionary when it came to the style, the modern hybrid of Japanese, European, Calgary style, American style,” Jericho explained.
“He was a great character, but he was so f–king smooth in the ring that if he had guys to work with, guys that knew how to do that with him and draw that out of him, he would have been still remembered as he was, but he would have been even better if he got a chance to work with Eddie [Guerrero], Dean [Malenko], Chris Jericho, [Seth] Rollins, [Roman] Reigns, Kenny [Omega], Cody. Like, that’s Owen’s wheelhouse.”
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