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AEW Star Chris Jericho Under Fire For Fozzy Concert

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By Carol Cassada

Chris Jericho is considered by many to be a wrestling icon.

His 30-years in the business has seen him wrestle for many promotions such as WCW, WWE, NJPW, and AEW.

Currently, Jericho is one of AEW's top stars. He's the leader of the faction The Inner Circle, and he's in the midst of a feud with rising star Orange Cassidy.

While Jericho is revered by his peers and wrestling fans, his actions over the past weekend has drawn criticism from the wrestling community.

Fozzy

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Like other wrestlers, Chris Jericho has other interests away from the ring.

Aside from being known for his wrestling, Jericho is also known for his music.

Since 1999, he's been the lead singer of the heavy metal band Fozzy. Throughout their 20 years together, the group has released seven albums.

With Jericho's being a big star, the band gained a large following from wrestling fans. Their song "Judas" is used as Jericho's theme in AEW, and has become popular with wrestling fans who know it by heart.

The Band's Tour

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While Jericho is often busy with his wrestling career, he does take time off to tour with Fozzy.

Earlier this year, the band planned to go on tour April. AEW had even began writing Jericho's exit when they had him lose the AEW World Championship.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Fozzy was forced to postpone their tour.

But with many states reopening, that meant businesses along venues were starting back up.

Like a few other musicians, Fozzy decided to rescheduled their tour and head back on the road.

Sturgis Rally

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This past weekend, Fozzy held one of their first live performances.

The band performed at the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota.

The annual event always takes place in South Dakota during the first week of August. The event attracts a lot of bikers, who come together to watch the bands and have a good time.

There was criticism before the event began due to its lack of social-distancing guidelines and many attendees refusing to wear masks.

Despite the criticism, the show continued and Fozzy performed for the thousands in attendance.

Criticism Towards Jericho

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Jericho's band performing at Sturgis came under criticism, but the star quickly defended his actions.

Jericho said the band followed the guidelines and the reason the shows still went on is because of the low COVID-19 cases in the state.

However, that has done little to stop the worry with wrestling fans.

AEW is set to have their live episode of Dynamite this Wednesday and many wonder if Jericho will be on given that he put himself at risk for coronavirus.

Back in June, AEW Champion Jon Moxley stayed home in quarantine after his wife Renee Young was diagnosed with the virus. Even though Moxley didn't get the virus, he didn't want to risk getting his co-workers sick.

QT Marshall is another AEW who tested positive for the virus and stayed home in quarantine.

AEW is doing proper testing and following guidelines when it comes to the virus. Now, many are wondering what they'll do with Jericho.

Jericho's in a big feud with Orange Cassidy, and the two were set to have a match on Wednesday. But many AEW fans are calling for the match to be postponed.

With Jericho performing at a packed concert and potentially putting himself at risk for the virus, fans feel it's better for him and AEW to take precautions.

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