Chris Jericho Talks About Returning To WWE, Hosting Robot Combat League On Syfy
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CHRIS JERICHO TALKS ABOUT RETURNING TO WWE AND HOW ROBOTS WILL TAKE OVER THE WORLD ON MARIA MENOUNOS’ AFTERBUZZ TV
Los Angeles, CA, February 22, 2013 –(afterbuzztv.com)– WWE Superstar, Chris Jericho made an appearance on a special edition of AfterBuzz TV’s RAW aftershow Tuesday night. The wrestling legend was invited on the network to discuss his return to WWE and the new Syfy show, Robot Combat League, which Jericho hosts. In the interview, Jericho discusses his recent RAW Active match with CM Punk, why his return to wrestling is different than other Superstars, and how his now infamous jacket came to fruition.
Growing up, Jericho wanted to be two things: a pro wrestler and a rock star. Now the 42-year-old wrestler is in the middle of yet another return to the WWE and just embarked on a multi-day Australian tour with his band, Fozzy.
“This past month has been one of my best months ever,” Jericho says.
Jericho is one of the few Superstars who has not only been able to parlay his wrestling career into other aspects of the entertainment industry, but also committed enough to give 100% every time he reenters the ring.
He tells AfterBuzz, “Nothing against what Rock does or Brock or any of those guys, when I come back, I don’t just come back for Monday Night Raw. I do the house shows.”
Since Jericho’s return, he’s reignited his feud with fellow Superstars, Dolph Ziggler and CM Punk. He recounts Feb 4th’s WWE RAW Active match between himself and CM Punk, where the writers created a poll to designate which wrestler, out of Chris Jericho, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio, would face Punk. A flash poll earlier in the week, predicted Orton to be the challenger and the writers told Jericho to not prepare with Punk—he would face Wade Barrett.
The afternoon of the fight, Jericho thought, “I knew I was going to win [the RAW active poll],” and he was right. He says the writers were shocked the fans chose him over Orton.
Jericho joked, “I went to the writers’ room and said, ‘All you guys with your flash polls, go F yourself, you can suck it.’”
Later in the interview, Y2J talks about how every time he returns to wrestling he wants to do something fresh.
“I’ve always wanted to be the Paul Stanley of wrestling…the ultimate frontman or lead singer who commands the crowd. Whenever I come back I try to do something different,” says Jericho. “I had this idea…Googled and then found this designer, Jonathan Logan. Went to visit him in the Fashion District and didn’t really know anything about him. Turns out he makes all of Brad Pitt’s stuff, all of Justin Bieber’s stuff, David Lee Roth’s stuff.”
After collaborating on a design, Logan suggested adding lights to the jacket as he had done for an Alecia Keys outfit, thus creating the iconic glowing jacket Jericho sports at shows.
As cool as the jacket is, Jericho says, it’s also a hassle. “There’s little wires and they snap all the time. I constantly have to [fix] them.” Jericho says WWE’s prop guys yell at him for having to fix the jacket so frequently.
Jericho divulges that the entire right side of his jacket broke before his intro at Wrestlemania XXVIII last year. “I had to turn and walk backwards and cheat the camera,” says Jericho, “I didn’t want anyone to see that the whole right side of my jacket had gone out…this was literally two minutes before I had to go to the ring. I was furious. I could have given a crap about the match, all I cared about was my stupid jacket.”
When asked about traveling with the jacket, Jericho mentioned an instance when he was traveling and he originally placed his jacket in his check luggage, however, the luggage was overweight. Jericho had to remove the jacket and take it as carry on, despite not having a bag to put it in.
“I had to ask [TSA] for a garbage bag. I put my big fancy jacket in a garbage bag and put it through security. One guy called me out and said ‘Jericho man, that’s your jacket? You can’t keep it in a plastic bag.’”
Another recent change in appearance are Jericho’s new tattoos. He says, “I just thought it would be cool to get a tattoo, something that means something to me. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and now was the time to do it.”
On Jericho’s new show, Syfy’s Robot Combat League, Jericho enthuses, “It’s Real Steel with actual Robots.” He says it’s nothing like Mick Foley’s robot show, Robot Wars.
“The first thing that I thought when I was in the arena and they brought the robot out, if it hadn’t stopped walking I would have turned around and ran away. It was that intimidating,” Jericho says, “We’ve now created robots that can kill humans, and in 10-years when they take over the planet, you’ll know you saw it first on Robot Combat League.”
Robot Combat League premieres on Syfy Feb. 26th at 10/9c.
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