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WWE News: Jericho Sheds Light On Fandango Program, Previous Plan & More

Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho spent an hour with Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling Observer dropping a plethora of nuggets on topics ranging from Robot Combat League to his feud with Shawn Michaels.

Due to the proximity from today and the grandest wrestling show of the year, here are some quotes from Y2J himself about nearly everything in his current program leading into WrestleMania 29.

Jericho on getting back into the WWE:

“I came back at the Rumble and…I had reached out to Vince in November, slash Triple H who now does the deals…they said to me before, ‘Hey listen, if you want to come back, whenever you want to come back, just let us know. And if there’s a certain chunk of time and we can make it work, let’s do it.’ ”

Foley Deals and planned schedule:

“I said I’d like to be affiliated with the company, and everyone knows the famous ‘Mick Foley deal’, where I think Mick is the first and last guy to get that, and I think that’s over now at this point, but he was getting paid to be affiliated with the company and they’d kinda find odd jobs for him to do and whenever they’d find something for him to do, he’d do it.

I called them in November and said I’d like to do Rumble to ‘Mania, and they were like great, so there we go.”

Ideas for WrestleMania:

“There were a couple of ideas, one really lame mixed tag idea that I hated. Couple things that I pitched that Vince didn’t like. And then the idea was to do me and Ryback.

[I did] a month of shows when I went to Australia for Soundwave…and then I heard rumors that things had changed as far as what I was doing at WrestleMania. When I asked, Eric Pankowski, at the time when he was there, said Vince wanted to talk to you face to face.

Then I knew either Vince had a total genius idea that I’m going to love or he has something that he thinks I’m not gonna like.”

Thoughts of a Fandango program:

“Diplomatically speaking, it was not my first choice. And I was a little bit…not happy about it maybe. Vince is my boss and this is what he wanted me to do and this was my task and there was no debate about it.

Five minutes later, after I finished my little tantrum, I said I’m going to take this as a challenge, something that I’ve always done. I take great pride in the fact that I’ve had great matches with guys who hadn’t had great matches from Viscera…to Glacier to different types of guys.

Also knowing that if I do a great job, it’s just another feather in my cap.”

Thoughts on Fandango himself:

“Of course a lot of people are pooh-poohing it, but this guy is not a bad worker. I looked into some of the stuff he’s done. I mean, you’ve seen the last couple of nights with the legdrops from the top rope and how he kinda pops up there like Van Dam does.

He’s deceptively agile and the gimmick is a strange gimmick, but I’m sure Undertaker was a strange gimmick too when people first saw it. It’s all how you work it and how it gets put over.

Vince loves it and it’s one of his favorite new things, so it’s my job to go out there and do the best I can.”

On how the Fandango match will go:

“I’m actually really looking forward to it, because over the last couple of nights, actually over the last three shows, it’s really starting to come together and I’m starting to think that it’s going to take a lot of people by surprise.

Anybody can go out there and steal the show with Shawn Michaels, Rey Mysterio and John Cena. If I go out there and probably not steal the show, but have a really good match, and a surprisingly good match, it makes everybody looks good.”

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  • Josh Rushinock

    Funny thing about the Ryback angle. Monday night at wotk, me and my dad, who I’ve really roped into being a hardcore wrestling fan over the last couple of years, talked about rebooking Ryback if it turned out Mark Henry was to injured. He came up with the idea that Jericho could put over Ryback, if he took Fandango off the card. We both liked the idea, then we saw Raw, and both agreed that Henry was able to compete and that the Fandango angle wasn’t really the grizzling shits.

    Amazing that you got this out, I love everything about it. Shame we didn’t get Ziggler and Jericho, but that would just be one more reason to call this Wrestlemania “Rematchamania”, and no one wants that. I agree with Chris, Johnny is a good worker, so I think the match will be surprisingly good. Not a show-stealer, but a solid match. We shall see.

  • Kevin Berge

    Interesting, don’t blame Jericho for being upset. As he says, Fandango is a good worker, but he’s still a rookie. This angle needed both men to go above and beyond to stand out. They both have done a good job selling it so far. It’s still odd though that they gave Jericho a newcomer instead of a more established guy to work with. Could have done wonders with Ryback if he hadn’t recently turned face.

  • Paul McIntyre

    Wait, did Chris Jericho compare Johnny Curtis to Viscera?

    That’s totally unfair, Chris… to Viscera.

  • Siddharth “SiD” Grover

    Jericho vs Ryback????

  • Brett Chandler

    Awesome job on getting this out. Really informative.