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Chris Jericho Interview

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Chris Jericho Interview

Chris Jericho on Aaron Stone

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I recently had the opportunity to interview Chris Jericho just a few days before he was set to appear on the Disney XD show Aaron Stone. In addition to several other topics, we talked about several of Chris’ extracurricular activities, discussed the differences between SmackDown and RAW as well as WCW and the WWE, and Chris also layed the smack down on a legendary WWE wrestler.

Eric: On Monday night, you will be appearing on Aaron Stone. Can you tell me a little about the show, the character you will be playing, and if this is a one time appearance?

Chris Jericho: The show is on the Disney XD Channel. It’s based around the character of Aaron Stone who is a tremendous video game player that gets hired by a billionaire to save the world using his video game reflexes. It’s one of the highest rated shows on Disney XD, especially for 10-15 year old boys. My character on the show is named Billy Cobb who is the greatest ultimate fighter in the world. He gets kidnapped by an evil genius to try and learn the secret fighting skills of Billy Cobb to transfer to the forces of evil so to speak. As far as it being a one-time thing, I think there are talks about doing a recurring part. It was a great role. It was a lot of fun and I’m really excited for everyone to check it out.

Eric: We spoke about a year-and-a-half ago when your autobiography came out. Is a sequel in the works?

Chris Jericho: There is a sequel in the works as we speak. I’ve been working on it for the past year or so. It’s taking a little while but we’re going to get it done. So there is going to be a part two, probably next year.

Eric: Is that going to be through WWE Books or through Grand Central Publishing again?

Chris Jericho: Through Grand Central again. Once we signed the deal for the first one they made a deal for the second one right away.

Eric: In that book, you detail your time wrestling in Japan. As everyone knows, Mitsuharu Misawa tragically passed away last week. I was wondering if you had any stories about him that you would like to share with my readers?

Chris Jericho: You know, I never met with Misawa. I never worked with him. He is one of the best workers in Japanese wrestling history. For people that have just heard the name, it is the equivalent of Shawn Michaels or Bret Hart, that level of performer. He just gave his body night in and night out. I think that the crushing style that All Japan had in the ‘90s might have contributed to his early passing because it was very hard impact, very much dropping each other on the head as a high spot so to speak. They definitely paid a price.

Misawa was one of the greatest. If you’ve never seen one of his matches and you’re a wrestling fan, you should go on YouTube or get some DVDs of Misawa matches. He was very psychologically sound. One of the best technicians, both physically and psychologically, that I’ve ever seen.

Eric: What is the current status of Fozzy?

Chris Jericho: I just finished my vocals for the new record. So it should be done in mid-July. It will be released in September or October I’d say. The record’s called Chasing the Grail.

Eric: You’re a TV star, musician, and an author. Do you have any plans on jumping to the silver screen soon?

Chris Jericho: I’ve always enjoyed acting and have just started to pursue it in earnest over the past three years or so. I love playing a character and I’ve always treated wrestling as show business. I play the character of Chris Jericho every week. So I think it’s a natural transition for me. It’s definitely something I’d like to do more of in the future. It’s been a lot of fun. That’s why doing Aaron Stone was great because I got to play a really cool character and make my own choices and add my own nuances to the character. That’s what playing a part is all about.

Like I said, I do it every week. People say, how long have you been acting for. I’ve been acting for 19 years, ever since I first put on a pair of wrestling boots. I enjoy playing a character and like I’ve said, it would be a natural transition for me.

Eric: Has WWE Studios contacted you about possibly doing a movie for them?

Chris Jericho: There have been a couple of ideas but nothing that really fit what I wanted to do. Originally, Behind Enemy Lines and The Marine 2 were ideas that were floated past me, but they just weren’t what I was looking for at the time. We’ll see what happens in the future.

Eric: You were recently drafted to SmackDown. What do you find to be the biggest difference between wrestling on RAW and SmackDown?

Chris Jericho: SmackDown is the better show overall. Better performers, better wrestling. I think it’s a much better show. I think a lot of that has to do with the acquisitions of Punk and myself. With Mysterio, Hardy, Edge, and the Undertaker coming back I think there are some great combinations and some great matches to be had. I really honestly believe it is the better show of the two right now.

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