Jim Ross has a new blog up on his official website looking at Chris Jericho’s recent comments about Shawn Michaels being the greatest ever, his new book “Undisputed” and how at one point Jericho was close to being released by WWE.
“No one with above average intelligence can blow holes in Chris Jericho’s opinion that Shawn Michaels isn’t the greatest pro wrestler ever. One reason is that it’s a very bright man’s honest opinion. I’ve long said that HBK and Ric Flair were the two all time best that I ever saw in person while in their prime. I base this statement on career longevity at the main event level and the ability to have a great bout with fan favorites or villains of all shapes and sizes. Since I got in the biz in 1974, I’ve been blessed to have seen some amazing in ring marvels but none better than ‘Naitch’ and the ‘Heartbreak Kid.’
One knows that an alleged ‘wrestling book’ is good when one’s wife, who is a casual, wrestling fan, really enjoys it. My wife read ‘Undisputed’ by Chris Jericho after I finished with it, in a scant few hours BTW, and she has really enjoyed Chris’ second book. Being the wife of the former head of talent relations, my wife got to know many of the talents and their significant others over the years which helped her enjoy many of the wrestling stories. She’s also a rock music fan and enjoyed Chris’ Fozzy tales.
Chris was very close to being shown the exit during his initial WWE tenure which would not have bode well for yours truly who pushed harder than anyone to sign the then underutilized WCW talent. Jerry Brisco and I met with Chris on a ‘recruiting trip’ in the Tampa area at a place called the Bombay Bicycle Club for lunch and that meeting helped move our negotiations along. Jericho was a great ‘get’ for WWE and made my department look good with the inking of his contract.”