Never on to shy away from his wrestling past, or miss an opportunity to promote any of his numerous pop culture enterprises, renaissance man Chris Jericho recently gave a lengthy interview to WWE.com.
Far from the usual entertaining but hardly in-depth interview the company site is known for, this covers all the bases in Y2J's career inside and outside wrestling. He takes an opportunity to plug his new web series, "But I'm Chris Jericho", explain the genesis of it and how he thought it was long dead. Amidst the usual Fozzy plugs, evasive answers about a return (and honest answers about his approach to balancing the form that made him famous with his various other interests and pursuits), he touches on a couple of things that most people who love wrestling enough to read about it on the internet will be interested in.
One is some interesting insight into the development system, from one of the last of the breed of performers who came up from the territories and cut their teeth around the globe:
It's a little bit of a drag that the experience level has gone down, but those are the cards that have been dealt. Obviously, there's a transition phase that's going on, but I love the WWE Performance Center, I think it's a great idea. I think it's going to save WWE's ass in the long run.
More on the "work or shoot" tip, the Ayatollah of Rock n' Roll again responded to Chief Operating Officer HHH listing him as among the "B players" in WWE history during his recent Raw promo:
Some of it might be the show business aspect and some of it may be true. But, like I said, we always had great matches together, so I think Triple H and I are fairly similar as far as where we were in the company. He got a lot of the spotlight put on him, probably more than I did, but if you look at the careers of Jericho and Triple H, we were always the guys who worked with the guy. Ask the fans what they think. That's the ultimate judge of who was better. In my opinion, Triple H was great, one of the best of all time. But I think I could go toe-to-toe with him in every aspect.
And, if you want to chime in on what you think - will you look at that! WWE.com has a poll up and ready for you!
Nothing he says directly implies that there's a planned angle here, but Jericho, crafty showman that he is, doesn't slam the door on anything. In response to the obligatory, "when will you be back" question, he said:
We'll see what happens. And even if I did know, I wouldn't tell you. I wouldn't tell anybody. I would just show up and that's the way I work. Hopefully it'll be soon and if it happens, great. If it doesn't happen, then I'm more than satisfied with everything that I've accomplished in the wrestling business and in WWE. And if I'm a "B player," that's because the "B" stands for badass.
Damn right it does.
Thoughts, fellow Jericholics?