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Live! with Chris Jericho featuring Stephanie McMahon reveals Shane's nickname for his sister, and not much else

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Chris Jericho's interview with Stephanie McMahon on the (award winning) WWE Network last night was exactly what Y2J has promised fans Live! with Chris Jericho will be - an entertaining chat between friends.

Unfortunately, that's pretty much all it is.

And I guess that's all they want from this format. WWE.com is already asking who you'd like to see Jericho interview next, so it would appear his trial period is over and he's got the job. But compare two episodes of the Stone Cold Podcast, which produced riveting television and generating talking points for weeks, to the same number of Jericho-hosted interviews, and the differences are night and day.

From the jump of last night (April 30, 2015)'s live broadcast it was clear what we were getting. A joke about "asking the hard hitting questions" was a lead into talking about the company party and why Jericho had never been invited.

Was this a set-up to address wrestlers' status as independent contractors?

Nope, it resulted in a funny anecdote about the year the company gave hardcore Santa gnomes as Christmas gifts.

It was a funny story. I do like to see the performers behind the characters we've watched on television for so long reminisce and reveal their personalities. And maybe when the Austin shows, which also contained those kind of amiable moments but lead to confrontational questions that produced legendary moments like Vince McMahon's brass ring speech or Triple H's stance on Chyna belonging in the Hall of Fame, are a distant memory, we can judge these Jericho shows as their own thing.

But until that happens, Live! with Chris Jericho is going to feel like a diversion at best and a piece of corporate public relations at worst.

WWE knows it, too. The Stone Cold Podcasts were front page news on their website and the Network. Clips were released to YouTube and promoted on social media. For a fledgling service striving to reach one million subscribers, they served their purpose.

Now that they've reached a level where they're comfortable their (award winning) streaming service is here to stay, they're looking for less of a front page news generator and more of a lifestyle section features piece from these interview shows. And that's what we're getting from Y2J.

Multiple chances arose for him to grill Steph on the conflict - or dichotomy, to use his word - between WWE's on-screen product and their philanthropic public relations efforts like Be A STAR. Instead of following up on McMahon's response that her character is a heel so she bullies people on Raw by asking why it's okay for John Cena, a babyface, to act the way he does at times, Jericho accepts her answer and moves along.

It's interesting to learn that Stephanie and her father approved of all Y2J's insults about her breast enhancement during their feud. But it doesn't answer what kind of message that sends to middle school kids joking about the girl who had the misfortune of developing before her peers.

Even on much less socially significant issues, such as Ronda Rousey's future involvement with WWE, there was nothing in the way of follow-up questions. The stories about Rousey's involvement in WrestleMania 31 are a lot of fun, but when McMahon dismisses a question about Dana White ruling out a match for next year, Steph says she doesn't know anything about future plans. There's no follow-up pointing out the reports of production being underway or even The Rock's comments about her not being done.

A discussion of the roots of her relationship with her husband completely sidesteps the Chyna issue. Not surprising, but not headline-grabbing, either, and a missed opportunity to address an issue of real substance. Not to mention, a chance to provide a legitimate explanation for why her husband's quotes weren't slut-shaming.

The biggest missed opportunity, when you have the highest ranking female in the company on your show, was #GiveDivasAChance and her Twitter exchange with AJ Lee. Now, I'm on record on saying it's not fair to put the whole fate of women's wrestling on Stephanie's shoulders. But that doesn't mean I don't care what she has to say on the topic.

What we got was the same promises to do better without any specifics, and talk of how great social media is for starting the trend instead of details on how WWE plans to address the issues with their product that started the hashtag movement.

Again, that's fine - and it probably achieves WWE's goals for the show. The Chief Brand Officer's stories of learning from her father and how her brother Shane calls her "The Vincess" because of how well she portrays an evil boss on screen were charming. I am and will always be a Jericholic, and find him to be an entertaining guy in almost all of the many pop culture ventures in which he engages - including Live! with Chris Jericho on the (award winning) WWE Network.

But it doesnt cause me to anticipate a new episode and excitedly jump on Cageside to pick it apart with you all. It's something, like most wrestling podcasts, that I may pull up when I have some free time and I'm a big enough fan of the guest.

Did anyone else tune in? What were your thoughts on Jericho's chat with Stephanie?