Kevin Eck of The Baltimore Sun has an interview up with WWE Unified Tag Team Champion Chris Jericho. Here are some highlights.
On his tag team with Edge ending fast:
“It was disappointing because I think we had a great story line in the works, with a lot of trips and traps that were going to lead to a certain place. But it was one of those things that the moment it happened you?re like, ?Well, OK, what are we going to do now? Back to the drawing board.? You can?t do anything about it. It’s part of what we do. So it was very disappointing. And then as soon as I found out that they?re going to push The Big Show, I was intrigued about it. You have to turn a negative into a positive and I think we?ve done that. Everyone said it had to be Dolph Ziggler or The Miz. No, this is about two world champions at the top of their game who have a certain stature. Yeah, it would help them, but it wouldn?t help me. We?re trying to reinvigorate the tag titles and reinvigorate Big Show as well. The guy is a giant. He’s a commodity and people need to be reminded of that and we need to start promoting that.”
On his feud with Rey Mysterio this year:
“Well, I?ve worked with Rey for years, but we never had an official program. We worked once or twice in WCW but never worked in WWE. We had worked plenty of times in Japan when we were working for Tenryu. I just thought it would be a great program between the two of us. When they originally proposed it, it was supposed to be for the Backlash pay-per-view [in April], the one where I ended up wrestling [Ricky] Steamboat. I fought it and said we should take our time and build it. I?m very happy with that story line. Each match was better than the last. The finish with the 619 where I pulled the mask off is probably something that you?ll never see again. It was very memorable. As far as feuds go, it’s a close runner-up to Shawn Michaels.”
On older talent in WCW not working with younger talent:
“It wasn?t reluctance; it was just denial. They just wouldn?t do it and it [ticked] me off so much because there was a lot of money left on the table. It’s something that I said that I would never do.”
On the situation that WWE is in right now:
“We?re in a crisis period in WWE and we need to build new guys. When Shawn Michaels came back to Raw, he said, ?Whose been built since I left?? On Smackdown we?ve built [John] Morrison and [Dolph] Ziggler and Cryme Tyme. The Intercontinetal title has been rebuilt now with Rey Mysterio. But I can?t tell you on Raw who has been built over the last six months. They better do it soon, because when this generation of performers is gone, who will replace them?”
To check out the full interview, click here.