AEW's Chris Jericho Says He Had COVID-19 in September, 'Had 0 Symptoms'

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2021

Host Chris Jericho takes a bat to a boombox radio to begin the 3rd Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards, Tuesday, April 20, 2011,  in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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All Elite Wrestling star Chris Jericho announced on an episode of the Talk Is Jericho podcast Wednesday he tested positive for COVID-19 last year.

Jericho discussed the situation during a conversation with Alex Patel, an intensive care unit doctor in Toronto:

"I haven't really told anybody this, but I tested positive back in maybe September. And I had zero symptoms. I'm one of the ones you said—I had my 10 days in isolation and stayed away from everybody—and I didn't even know that I had it.

"I went and got a test just in general, and it's one of those ones where they said you're positive and I'm like, 'Really? Are you serious?' And I had nothing. I didn't have a headache, I didn't have a cough, which I guess is a very lucky thing. But then on top of that though Alex, and you'll know this, once I did have it—and it wasn't a false positive because I took three different tests and they were all positive—but now I have the antibodies."

Jericho was previously criticized because his band, Fozzy, continued to hold live concerts during the coronavirus pandemic, including an August show during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.

That event as a whole was ultimately linked to more than 250,000 COVID-19 cases nationwide based on a study by the University of Colorado Denver:

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Jericho's revelation of his own positive test comes as all three major wrestling promotions in the United States—WWE, AEW and Impact Wrestling—are dealing with COVID-19 issues, per Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc.

Most notably, WWE champion Drew McIntyre missed Monday's episode of Raw after the company announced he was placed in quarantine after a positive test.

McIntyre is slated to defend his title against Goldberg during the 2021 Royal Rumble on Jan. 31, and so far, that match remains scheduled.

Meanwhile, on last week's Talk Is Jericho (via PW Mania), the former AEW world champion argued against continued lockdowns because of the coronavirus pandemic:

"Thankfully I live in Florida, so we're one of the few states that is not super-lockdown and we still have less cases than California and a few other states...and we're open. If the cases are going to be the same, then why not just stay open and protect the people that are at risk? But for me, as a very healthy 50-year-old guy who is training every week and wrestling every week, I don't see any reason why it should be shut down if I can keep the lights on for other people who can't work right now."

Johns Hopkins University's tracking data shows COVID-19 has accounted for more than 1.9 million deaths worldwide, including over 380,000 in the U.S., with the total number of cases topping 91.7 million.