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Chris Jericho has come up with plenty of variations on his character and catchphrases and stories on his own — he’s supposedly even the one behind the Money in the Bank ladder match concept. However, The List of Jericho was not his creation, even if he obviously made it into what it is today. Jericho revealed whose idea the list was on a recent radio spot with Rock 100.5 ATL, and it’s a surprise (transcription courtesy Wrestling Inc.):
"Working with this guys who's a writer in the WWE named Jimmy Jacobs. He used to be a [pro] wrestler. He came up to me one day and said, 'what if we do something where you put somebody on this list?' I'm like, 'I knew this guy once who had a list of people he didn't like.' I'm like, 'oh, that sounds funny.' So I said it and it kind of got a reaction." Jericho said, "the whole concept of The List went through the roof. The List is more popular than 85% of the guys on the show. The List is more popular than I am! And you just never know what's going to make an impression with fans."
It’s not that Jimmy Jacobs would have a good idea that’s surprising. It’s that we got to see which member of creative was the one responsible for a specific idea. All of that is usually left pretty vague and for fans to guess at, which is how we end up with suggestions that SmackDown is better than RAW because Vince McMahon doesn’t care about SmackDown, or concern erupts when Road Dogg is given a promotion in creative, and so on.
This whole process is a group effort, though, and credit belongs to Jimmy Jacobs both for the idea and realizing Jericho was the guy to give it to, and also to Jericho for turning it into a sensation that’s over with the crowd to the point you can buy a replica List on WWE’s shop.
- If you ask Sasha Banks, she’ll tell you outright: the Great Balls of Fire logo sure looks like a dick.
- There is just so much going on in an episode of NXT these days, and that means yet another quality show from the developmental-ish brand.
- John Cena responded to the claims that he buries younger talent by pointing his finger at them. He might have a point there, at least to a degree, but chances are good that non-Cena wrestlers don’t have the same freedoms Big Match John does, and that’s where much of this stems from.
- Things are getting darker and darker for Prince Puma on Lucha Underground.
- Seth Rollins still misses The Shield’s entrance. Me too, Seth. Me. Too.
- Jim Ross wants to call Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar. That would certainly give it that big fight feel.
- Thursday’s Rumor Roundup doesn’t know when Daniel Bryan is coming back from paternity leave. While I approve of the new dad being gone as long as he needs to be, I also cannot wait until he’s back on Talking Smack.
- Jerry Lee Lewis got his lawyer involved after WWE named their pay-per-view Great Balls of Fire.
- Pro wrestling television audiences are getting older, which might explain how we ended up with Great Balls of Fire.
- Here’s your weekly preview of Impact Wrestling, which heads to India in the battle for that country’s fandom.
- Edge and Christian have thoughts on Jinder Mahal’s WWE World Championship run, continuing the streak of wrestlers and insiders who are into it.