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Chris Jericho Interview

November 20, 2009   ·   0 Comments


The Mouth That Roared: Chris Jericho, WWE Superstar

WWE SUPERSTAR CHRIS JERICHO knows how to work smart, telling stories inside the ring that make both him and his competition shine.

He’s also an enormous smart ass, delivering withering insults to fans and his fellow grapplers from his heel character’s perspective of a self-absorbed elitist with a predilection for large words.

This combination of athletic ability and verbal jousting is what Hulk Hogan was referring to when he recently called Jericho the “complete wrestler,” and one of the main reasons why he’s one of the few superstars to appear regularly on WWE’s two biggest TV shows, “Smackdown” and “Raw.”

Jericho, 39, will put all his skills on display in a headlining match for the WWE’s “Survivor Series” pay-per-view, which takes place at Verizon Center on Nov. 22. Unified tag-team champ Jericho will face his partner The Big Show and current world heavyweight champion Undertaker in a Triple Threat to determine who will hold the strap.

But recently Jericho was in a less combative environment: riding around Phoenix, Az., doing press alongside WWE Diva Kelly Kelly.

“We’re riding in an expensive, high-class limousine right now that she paid for,” Jericho said. “I actually had a Taurus.”

Express spoke with the athlete/actor/comedian/entertainer/vocalist/author also known as Christopher Irvine, born to former NHL player Ted Irvine, about the follow-up to his 2007 New York Times best-seller “A Lion’s Tale: Around the World in Spandex,” his hard rock band Fozzy, professional burnout, life on the road with WWE and how his chatty, chatty mouth sometimes gets him in big, big trouble.

EXPRESS: In 2005 you left wrestling, for two years, due to exhaustion and yet you’re insanely busy again, doing TV, films, music, WWE. Aren’t you worried about burning out again?
JERICHO: I think last time I was burned out after 15 years of being in the business, and kind of really spinning my wheels when I left. I wasn’t really mentally there, and if you’re not mentally there in this job you might as well just quit because you get hurt or you hurt somebody else. It’s very grueling, it’s very demanding, so you have to be 110 percent into it mentally. Now that’s where I am: motivated, and feel very confident in what’s going on and what I’ve been doing, so it gives you a little bit more incentive to more harder and be busier and that goes with everything that I do. If I’m not into it 100 percent, I won’t do it, but if I’m into it I’m make the time and figure out a way to make it work and just go with it.

EXPRESS: But you also have three little ones now; do your wife and children ever join you on the road?
JERICHO: It’s not really a good place for kids. It’s a lot of traveling, it’s a lot of being on the road, spending time in airports and in cars and on buses, and sitting around the arena doing nothing. You really have to do it on your own. … The actual performing is the easy part.

EXPRESS: Being on the road so much, are you able to find time to write the follow-up to “A Lion’s Tale”?
JERICHO: When I did the first book it was something that I always wanted to do, and my goal was to be on the New York Times best-seller list. So, when I [achieved] that with the first one I signed a deal for the second one before the first one even came out so once that goal was accomplished, it took a lot of the wind out of the sails for the second one. Because it’s a lot of work, it’s a long process to write a book. It took me 18 months to do the first one, and I also wasn’t in the WWE at the time; I was off, so I had more time to spend on it. [During his time off, Jericho also worked with the improv-comedy troupe The Groundlings, appeared on TV doing VH1’s “Best Week Ever” and Simon Cowell’s reality show “Celebrity Duets.”]

This time, I’ve delegated the responsibility a little bit more. I think it’s going to turn out just as good as the first one, but just doing it in a different way. The first one, I was a complete control freak. I wrote every word, everything was under my control. This time, I’m delegating a little bit of the responsibility just so it can get done. If not, it probably wouldn’t get done at all because I just don’t have the time for it right now. … It’s my book, it’s my stories, and nobody is going to know how to write them better than me. It’s just that you have to put the wheel in someone else’s hands for a little bit just to get some of the busy work done. I would never just tell my story to somebody and let them write it and that would be the end of it. I couldn’t do that. … There’s nothing worse than reading an autobiography from somebody and you can totally tell they had nothing to do with writing it. It’s very sterile and very unentertaining.

EXPRESS: So, what do you do on the road to keep busy then?
JERICHO: You spend a lot of time sleeping. When you get on the plane, you watch movies or read a magazine or book, or just sleep, chill out, relax. Because a lot of the travels we make are very long, so you really just have to settle into it and not be too hyper; you just have to relax, otherwise you’ll lose your mind being on planes for, sometimes, 15 hours. You have to learn to relax when you’re traveling.

EXPRESS: Do you ever write Fozzy lyrics on the planes, trains and automobiles?
JERICHO: Sometimes. I go into writing mode: The last batch of Fozzy lyrics I wrote them over the course of about a year; I was really into writing. Since I did that, I haven’t written anything in a while; I basically just compile song titles and ideas, and then when the time comes to write it basically all comes out of the course of 6 months to a year.

EXPRESS: Fozzy’s new album, “Chasing the Grail,” is coming out Jan. 26. Any plans to take time off from WWE to tour with the band?
JERICHO: Hard to say. We did a lot of touring overseas: U.K., Ireland, Australia, Scotland we did really good in those markets. I would be really interested in doing that again, but it all depends on what kind of timeline I have. You can’t spread yourself too thing because that’s when you really start losing it. That’s what I did last time: I just had so much going on that I started losing my mind.

EXPRESS: You recently appeared on VH1’s “That Metal Show,” and it was the best episode yet not only because you know a lot about hard rock, but also because you could keep up with the quips of comedian co-hosts Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson.
JERICHO: That show was me and [host Eddie Trunk’s] idea, and Mike Portnoy’s from Dream Theater. Mike and I couldn’t do it because of our touring and traveling, so Ed just took the concept and got the other two comedians and just did the show. I’ve always been really interested in music and have a real steel trap of a mind to remember the minutia and the trivia, and all the facts and figures about all the different bands. It comes in handy sometimes when I do the radio shows or the VH1 shows and use that useless knowledge for something positive for once instead of boring all your friends.

EXPRESS: I know you sit in with Trunk on his radio show sometimes, but whatever happened to the program you hosted on XM Radio?
JERICHO: I had it for two years and then I got fired because I insulted Oprah. They told me, “You insulted Oprah you’re fired.” I didn’t even insult her: I just said that my show is better than hers, and they said Oprah is the cash cow for XM Radio and you can’t say anything bad about her. It’s [the] Boneyard [channel] nobody cares about Oprah on a heavy metal channel. People are just too sensitive, I guess. Sorry, Op. Please print my apology to Oprah: I’m sorry Oprah; I’m sorry if I offended you, Oprah.

EXPRESS: Speaking of sensitive issues: You got in trouble recently for calling the horror movie host Mr. Lobo a “fag” and “Hadji” during a discussion about your movie “Albino Farm” at the Sacramento Horror Film Festival. While in poor taste, it’s pretty obvious you were kidding and Mr. Lobo, who feigned anger in the press, is now trying to capitalize on the notoriety by challenging you to a thumb-wrestling match, indicating he knew you were joking around. What do you think of the backlash?
JERICHO: It’s frustrating, [but] I guess it’s just the world we live in nowadays, so you have to be careful with what you say because nobody has a sense of humor or really understands when you’re just shooting the breeze with your friends. So, I got my slap on the wrist, and I’m very, very, very, very sorry to anybody who was offended.

EXPRESS: On the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show, Hulk Hogan called you the “complete wrestler” and said if he had his way he’d work with you exclusively. What do you think of him joining up with TNA Wrestling?
JERICHO: Anything that makes that company bigger is better for us. Competition is what we thrive on, so good luck to them. I hope they get a real big boost from it.

EXPRESS: Several of the WWE superstars have Twitter accounts, but you were one of the earliest adopters and most frequent users. [Twitter.com/IamJericho] How did you get started on it?
JERICHO: I don’t know, man. A friend just mentioned it one day and I thought it was interesting. It’s pretty cool, but sometimes it gets a little bit stupid with what people post on it: “Here I am standing by a palm tree, boy is it nice.” Who cares, right?
KELLY KELLY: “Boys are nice”?
JERICHO: No, standing underneath a palm tree and, boy, is it nice. “Boys are nice,” I might post to my Twitter.
KELLY KELLY: [laughing]
JERICHO: [Twitter] just kind of gets a little bit boring, but I think of when I was a big fan of, whatever, growing up in high school if Steve Harris from Iron Maiden had a Twitter, I would read it every day and just be enthralled with everything he said: “Oh my god, Steve Harris is eating a hamburger, oh my god!” I could understand why people might be interested in it.

EXPRESS: Or you might discover that Steve Harris is just a boring old man standing under a palm tree.
JERICHO: I would never turn on Steve Harris. Shut your mouf.





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