In a new interview with Uproxx, Chris Jericho talks all about his explosives Jon Moxley podcast, why the time was right for AEW, his match with Kazuchika Okada this weekend at Dominion in Japan and more. Below are some highlights.
Chris Jericho on the Success of the Moxley interview:
“I don’t know. I suspected it would do well because Moxley going to AEW was a big surprise. He had left WWE less than a month ago. But, I mean, I woke up this morning and saw that not only was it the highest rated Talk Is Jericho of all time, but it had got double the listens of the previous number one ranked show in less than 18 hours…. Everybody wants to hear it, everyone wants to know about it, and the podcast is very successful. So to be able to say that it doubled this rating, you know, within a day and a half, it has the potential to be one of the biggest podcasts ratings maybe ever…
“So I don’t know why how sometimes this happens, but I’m definitely not going to complain about it. There’s a lot of people who want to hear what he has to say and some of the stuff he’s saying is a real revelation for wrestling fans because now they know how things work behind the scenes in the WWE and in the wrestling business. He was definitely no holds barred… He’s not the most talkative of guys, but at that point, he was because he had some things he really wanted to get off his chest…
“Obviously, he has some personal experiences that are not exactly the same as mine, but the vibe and the tone… I guess the biggest surprise to me was how open he was because, as I mentioned earlier, he’s not the most talkative of guys, but he really had things he wanted to say.
“I think one of the reasons why my podcast is so popular is that people come on the show, whether it be a wrestler or a musician or you’re a paranormal expert or whatever it be… to get a fair take and someone who’s just going to sit back and let people talk. If the show was ninety minutes long; I probably talked for five minutes of that time and left the other 85 minutes for him to say what he wanted to say, and he felt very, very comfortable to do so. So to me, it was one of the best Talk Is Jericho episodes I’ve ever had, but a lot of it had to do with the timing as far as why it’s so popular. As we all know, in show business, timing is everything…”
Chris Jericho on AEW talent he wants to work with:
“With AEW, you have a roster full of guys who are all up and coming or established and I’ve wrestled hardly any of them… I think I had one match with Cody maybe ten years ago in WWE on a Saturday morning show. I think the Young Bucks, MJF, Jungle Boy, Hangman Page you mentioned — There’s so many guys that I’d like to work with — and Pentagon and Fenix – and that’s the exciting thing is that now when you have the stars, you have this roster of everybody…
What Double or Nothing was a real kind of coming out party for AEW because it showed… what this company is all about. There’s a lot of guys on that show that I’d enjoy working with, and the best part is there’s no rush. it’s just getting going. It’s just getting started… There’s two or three years of storylines already and we’ve only had one show, so I’m really excited about all the options…”
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Chris Jericho on challenging Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship:
“I don’t, but, I mean, it’s not even about if I win the title or not. I’ve wanted to wrestle Okada for years… I think Tanahashi’s another one. I think Minoru Suzuki and Kota Ibushi and Will Ospreay – I mean, as far as guys I’d want to have matches with, I think we’d tear the house down.
“I don’t know how many matches I will have in Japan once we get started on a weekly basis with AEW, but I think with what we’re doing right now, I’ll still have three, four, five months to go before the weekly television starts, and I think it gives me a chance to explore some of the options in Japan. I love Japan. I’ve been there sixty times. I love working with new opponents, especially ones that are considered to be the best in the world and the best ever like Okada is… I want to know, how good is he? Let me try and see what I can feel about him…
“Obviously, AEW is my home team and that’s where my loyalty lies at this point, but if I can have a couple [of] matches in Japan to expand my creativity and expand my knowledge of wrestling and expand this plethora of great opponents, great rivals that I’ve had, this is the perfect time to do so.”
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