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11-08-2011, 11:57 PM #1
Chris Jericho Discusses the State of Wrestling, Shoot Interviews and More
- Chris Jericho spoke with LeftLion.co.uk to promote Fozzy and more. Here are some highlights:
You seem to be part of a select few who have been able to come and go in the wrestling world as you please. You donít seem as tied down to it half as much as others are.
It wasnít a conscious decision. Iíve always had other things I wanted to do, and I always had an opinion, which can be a dirty word with certain people. I stopped wrestling for no other reason than my contract ended in 2010, and there was a huge glut of Fozzy opportunities, so I moved on to the next thing that was happening for me. Hey, I love wrestling, and I never say never about going back Ė but right now I wanna see Fozzy as big as we can get it, and thatís my goal.
As a currently former wrestler, what do you think to the proliferation of shoot videos on the internet? Are you surprised that people are so interested in backstage gossip from twenty years ago?
Not at all. When youíre a fan, you love hearing insider talk. Personally, Iíd never do the three-hour sit-down shoot video; Iíd write a book about it instead.
Would you mind if we asked you a really personal question? Whatís it like to have worked in a profession where so many of your peers have died long before their time?
It sucks. I was watching Raw earlier, and Hunter (HHH) was talking about how lucky he was to have all these friends in the business and he gave a list, and I thought, ****, my friends died. Itís not happened in recent times, thank God, but there was a period not so long ago where guys were going down one after the other. It is a very tough business, and I feel so lucky that I never got into the drugs and pills. I was always a drinker Ė I still am to this day, and I can probably drink more than most, but if I want to go a week or two between having those drinks, I can. I donít know, man. Maybe because of the music side of my life, and because I didnít have all my eggs in one basket, wrestling wasnít the be all and end all.
What do you think of pro wrestling at the moment? It seems to have suffered from the WWE effectively having a monopolyÖ
Its an experience thing. I think my generation of guys was one of the best because we were going around the world learning their craft before we ever got to the WWE. Now thereís a lot of guys there who have less than five years experience. And I donít think I really, really knew exactly what I was doing until I came back in 2008 when it came to manipulation of a crowd. I had great stuff before that, donít get me wrong Ė but it wasnít until then that I felt on certain nights that I was the best in the world. It takes years to become truly great at anything, and the guys there at the moment havenít had five years experience, never mind ten or fifteen.