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Chris Jericho Praises Paige VanZant For Being “A Natural” In Wrestling

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In a recent interview, Chris Jericho had massive praise for the former UFC competitor and America Top Team alumni, Paige VanZant.

Paige VanZant has played a huge role in the feud between Dan Lambert’s American Top Team and the Chris Jericho-led Inner Circle. Her involvement has seen her take out the first-ever AEW Champion with a barrage of punches and take selfies while Le Champion was getting beaten down in the ring.

Despite the attack, Jericho gave VanZant some major props in a recent interview with Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT.

“Paige is part of the story. I remember the first week she came out and I was like ‘we need Paige here next week.’ And they were like ‘you want her here?’ And I was like ‘she’s part of the story now.’ She’s a natural.”

He went on to say that VanZant is already “feeling the character part” of pro-wrestling.

“You can see right away. ‘This guy’s stuff looks great. This guy is into it. She’s feeling the character part of it,’ you know what I mean? She doesn’t even really have to do anything. I said to her last week ‘just come out and act like a bitch, that’s all you got to do.’ And she did, and people are booing.”

“They all come out of the ring stoked and excited like ‘that was so great, this is awesome!’ because it’s something different for them and they’re embracing that.”

The Inner Circle and Dan Lambert’s American Top Team have been at each other’s throats over the past couple of weeks. The two factions will face each other in a ten-man tag team natch on next week’s Saturday night special edition of AEW Dynamite.