AEW superstar and new ROH World Champion Chris Jericho recently spoke with GQ about his weight loss after a blood clot diagnosis, and why he decided to build up so much after leaving WWE in 2018. Check out The Wizard’s full thoughts on the subject in the highlights below.
On his weight loss after blood clots:
“Well, I haven’t been able to wrestle for a few months” [after the blood clots]. I was still on the show doing commentary and backstage stuff, but no one saw me with my shirt off. So when I was able to wrestle again, people saw the great transformation. And it all tied in with the debut of the [new wrestling faction] Jericho Appreciation Society, so it was really a reinvention. And I was smart about it because I didn’t go online and post something like, “I’m working on my diet!” with a mirror image. I was like, “I’m just going to do all this, and when the time is right, people will notice.” And when the time was right, it was like, “Holy shit, what have you done?” I think to myself, ‘I’ve been doing it all the time. I just didn’t post pics of the thirst trap just to get a pat on the back. “I just went, boom – suddenly it’s a whole new guy.”
Why he gained so much weight after leaving WWE in 2018:
“In 2018 I left WWE and went back to New Japan [Pro Wrestling] headlined the Tokyo Dome for the first time in 20 years. While there, I realized that the Japanese appreciate a bigger, blockier physique. For them, it equates to a more powerful presence at the main event. So when I came back to headline again the following year, I pulled a De Niro in Raging Bull, and I put on some weight just to be more blocky – and it worked. When AEW started in 2019, I was still in that mindset [of getting bigger]. I didn’t even realize I was crawling. I went to the doctor in late 2019 and it was my first time standing on a scale for a while. It said I was 240. I was like, “240? That can’t be right!” I remember saying to the guy, “Do I look like I’m 240?” And the guy is like, [awkward shrug] “I don’t know.” That was the first time I had to realize, ‘Holy shit, I’m 240 pounds. That’s big.’ So I started going down again, but then the pandemic happened and threw everything away. AEW was still on the air – we were still working every Wednesday in Jacksonville in an empty arena, just trying to do what we could to keep the ball rolling. I didn’t really think too much about staying up all morning eating and drinking. The world was all screwed up. So then I got even bigger – just not in as good shape as I wanted to be. I got into a rut.”