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Stone Cold explains how he got approval to interview Chris Jericho for WWE

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Even with Chris Jericho’s music playing in the background of WWE Network’s teaser for a new Steve Austin project yesterday (April 1), most fans weren’t predicting a new edition of Stone Cold’s Broken Skull Sessions interview show with the AEW star.

But that’s what we’re getting on Sun., April 11. So questions turned to how this particular forbidden door was opened.

Austin told Sports Illustrated:

“I was having a beer one night after my Broken Skull Sessions interview with The Undertaker aired, and out of the blue, Chris Jericho reached out and said, ‘Man, that was a great interview.’

“I sent him back a couple of those emojis, one of a beer mug and the other of an eagle, and then he called me right then and there. We got to talking. I’ve always respected the hell out of his career, and I’m glad they’re around—it gives the guys and girls in professional wrestling more places to work. I said, ‘I’d love to have you on the show.’ And he said he’d love to do it, so I checked with Vince [McMahon] about it.

“I texted Vince and said we had this badass idea about Jericho coming on the show. Vince goes, ‘It’s cool. Go ahead.’ But me and Vince don’t always do well with phones and texts and all that, so I texted one more time, ‘Are you sure it’s O.K. to have Chris Jericho on the show?’ Vince gave me the thumbs up, and Chris came out to do the show.”

Vincent Kennedy McMahon: emoji user.

SI also says AEW President Tony Khan gave Jericho the go ahead to appear on a WWE program.

As to what they’re going to discuss? Stone Cold says:

“We go into everything. Jericho is one of the all-time greats, and it’s going to be cool to have someone from AEW on a WWE show. To bottom line it, I’m excited for people to watch this show.”

Hell yeah.

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