Below are some highlights from the interview:
On joining AEW:
“The Rumble happened and there were some ongoing discussions with WWE,” he said. “I have friends who work with both companies, and one of my good friends is Jon Moxley. We were talking and he said ‘Listen, you’re a free agent and it’s probably going to be the last time it happens for you. You have to weigh all your options. You hold all the cards so you should at least have a conversation with Tony [Khan].’
“I thought he was right, so I had a conversation with Tony. We talked for a couple of hours and we hit it off. Hearing what he thought I could offer the company and what I thought I could bring to the table, it just seemed like a perfect fit at this stage in my career. That’s what this is about, having the proper platform for this final chapter of my career.
“What I appreciate about Tony is his honesty and what a legitimately good person he is. That goes a long way with me. This is about what I can do to help the company and what I can do for the next generation of wrestlers.”
On Samoa Joe and his release from WWE:
“That surprised me,” Christian said. “Joe is a super-talented guy. You see it in the ring, and obviously, he has tremendous verbal skills. He was a natural as a commentator as well. When you have that kind of multi-talented individual who can wear a lot of hats, that’s invaluable. He truly is, in my eyes, a top performer. He’s not going to have any shortage of suitors when the time comes, that’s for sure.”