AEW World Champion Chris Jericho spoke to Sports Illustrated recently to talk all things pro-wrestling.

During the interview, Le Champion discusses how he's always attempting to adapt his character, and how his NJPW persona, the Painmaker, is one of his favorite renditions.

"If I was still in the WWE, I would still have to be doing 'The List' and it would feel so old," Jericho said. "I love all the great stuff I did in the past, but to go out there and say 'Raw is Jericho' or 'I'm the Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla' would really feel like a rock and roll band that tours that never puts on a new record and tours every summer. I always appreciate when bands play new songs, because I've been playing new songs, too. Otherwise, for me, there's no reason to continue on."

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