NAME THAT TUNE: Chris Jericho in the season 3 premiere of NAME THAT TUNE airing Wednesday, Jan. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
Effy Was Right, Chris Jericho Is A Clout Vampire
Despite being on opposite sides of AEW's face/heel divide, Chris Jericho formed a superhausen tag team with Danhausen at his latest "Rock 'n' Wrestling Rager at Sea" cruise. While the fans undoubtedly got a kick out of seeing the odd pairing, it's yet another example of Jericho being what GCW star Effy calls a "clout vampire."
Essentially, a clout vampire is a well-known wrestler who inserts themself into whatever is over in the industry at the time. In recent years, Jericho has worked with several hot acts at the height of their popularity, leading to accusations of him burying talent, and while that's not necessarily true, when Jericho does work with wrestlers, it's always to benefit himself.
After joining AEW, Jericho consistently worked with the most buzzworthy talents as they started gaining steam, like Orange Cassidy. He even admitted, "When I actually spent some time with him, watching his matches and seeing how he connected with the audience, I realized that he's over," Jericho said. "That's the secret of wrestling: getting over."
Jericho's clout vampirism isn't always a bad thing — in some cases, he's put over rising stars, created memorable moments, and generated great business for companies. Regardless of who suffers or benefits, though, he almost always chooses to work with wrestling acts that help him stay in the limelight, and that's why he's a clout vampire.