Chris Jericho recently spoke with Busted Open Radio about a variety of topics. Check out the highlights:
On his Fozzy tour: "It's something that happens quite often actually it is called a bus share. Where it's their band, our band and the crew. But it's not as crazy as you think, the buses are just amazing. There are fifteen bunk buses, big lounge in the front, big lounge in the back, the lounge seat pops open when you're parked and there's a shower in it. It's a cool way of traveling. It's a different way of going as opposed when you travel with WWE. Where you fly into a town, then rent your own car, then drive your car, then find a place to stay and etc. You get on the bus and you go! You wake up in town and your there. It's a cool way to go, it's been going great. We just got back from Europe, we were over there for a month and did a bunch of shows in Europe, bunch of shows in the United Kingdom, it was seven countries total. We had a couple weeks off and we are on this tour with Saxon which is really cool touring Canada and the United States for the next five week and our show last night was in Patchogue, New York which I just figured out how to pronounce today. Whenever you start a tour, it is like starting a match. The first match is kind of a feeling out, something work and something don't. It's like what Stone Cold (Steve Austin) used to say: "Get the junk out of your system" and it's the same way when you start a tour. The first couple shows have a couple behind the scene things, technical things which make it rocky and as the tour goes on you get it locked down. The shows are still great it's just when a guitar goes out of tune or this change over didn't go quick enough, this segway was not good enough. But we are excited; it's a great place to start. We always consider New York as our backyard in the States. We played more shows here then anyway in New York City and we are excited to be playing at B.B. King's. It's a great venue and its funny, my hotel is right across from B.B. King's and the big marquee has sign that says Saxon and Fozzy and I took a picture and saved it. You can never take it for granted, I've been lucky enough to have my two goals come true but you never forget that it is cool as a fan to be doing this. To have our name in lights in Manhattan at Times Square with a band we grew up listening to is a very cool experience. "
On Jim Ross: "Jim Ross, to me, is the best wrestling announcer of all time. When they took him off the air there is an attitude around WWE that you need to constantly prepare for the future which I agree with but there are certain things with Jim Ross as an announcer like John Madden, Don Cherry and Bob Cole with Hockey Night in Canada, they are the best at what they do. They are old, look old but it's a certain voice that you have to this day is the voice for wrestling and Jim Ross is that voice. Same thing with Howard Finkel as an announcer, they never found anyone that can replace Howard Finkel ever. They have some good ones but it's like Gene Okerlund as an interviewer, I'll never hear a better voice then his and I felt like that for Jim Ross. I thought they sent him out to pester a little bit earlier but there have been fireworks with Vince (McMahon) for years. That's just the way it is. Beyond the announcing as he was the head of talent relations in 1999 and he and Vince Russo were instrumental in bringing me in. Jim gave me a helluva deal and spear headed the deal with Vince's approval. He took recruiting very seriously, it was like an NFL team for him, he went out and found a lot of the best guys that ever worked in this business and he took great pride in it. When Vince Russo left two months after I got to the WWE, he was kind of my last supporter and there was ninety-nine percent of people that didn't like what I was doing . But J.R. never turned on me. Some of that was because of who I was and some of it was because of their perception and I always remember that and stood behind me when I was in this rough transition period and when I started to break out and becoming "Chris Jericho", he took great pride in that. He stood up a lot of the times when they were saying: "This guy is the worse" or "This guy sucks." And probably saying "Give it time." like a good hockey coach will, if you get a number one draft choice and he comes in and he is still not ready. You see it three years down the line and J.R. was that guy for me. I always thought of him like that way and I will never forget that for what he did for me when I first started."
On backstage politics in wrestling: "I am not in the closed door meetings. Just by going with the track record of WWE, they have an interesting way of doing things. I know for a fact that Vince didn't like me when I first came, he didn't see anything in CM Punk when he first arrived and didn't see anything in Daniel Bryan when he first came in and it's a long time to break down those walls, no pun intended. But the Daniel Bryan storyline is something that we used to call "working in the square" which means it's in the storyline because it comes from true life feelings. "Daniel Bryan is too small, too ugly" or whatever it might be but it goes against the prototype of what a WWE superstar is supposed to be but so did I, so did Shawn Michaels, so did Bret Hart and CM Punk and a lot of the guys. Not everybody can be a John Cena, Dave Batista or Hunter (Triple H) like the perfect, genetically created WWE guys. There are a lot of things that happen because there are issues behind the scenes. I don't know what happened at Summerslam Access, I just heard about it. Obviously J.R. wasn't doing much, he had a lot to do with developmental and he was kind of on the outskirts. I bet Vince didn't even see it, I'm sure he heard about it and just made his opinions on that like what happened with the flag kicking... (Continues on next page)