Exclusive interview: Chris Jericho talks retirement and responds to Triple H

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November 01, 2013

Chris Jericho talks retirement, fires back at Triple and gives his thoughts on the WWE roster

Chris Jericho has won World Championships (six of them), toured the globe with his metal band Fozzy and written New York Times bestsellers. He has claimed to outmaneuver “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko, spilled scalding hot coffee on Kane and trash-talked Stephanie McMahon. Y2J has even competed on “Dancing with the Stars” and joined the panel of AMC’s “Talking Dead.”

Yet perhaps the project “The Best in the World at What He Does” is most excited about right now is the brand-new web series, But I’m Chris Jericho! Flanked by comedy demigods like Scott Thompson (of “The Kids in the Hall” fame) and Andy Kindler, Jericho offers a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of himself as an ex-pro wrestler looking to embark on another of his life’s dreams: becoming an actor.

On the day “But I’m Chris Jericho!” premiered, The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla joined WWE.com for an uncensored interview. In it, the always-candid Jericho discussed his passion for acting and music, as well as the current state of WWE and its roster, Triple H’s derisive comments toward him and others, and the possibility of returning to the ring.

WWE.COM: What have you been up to since the WWE Universe last saw you on TV?

CHRIS JERICHO: I think the last show I did was July 15, so after that, a couple weeks later, I went on tour with Fozzy over to Europe. I think we did nine or 10 countries over the course of four weeks. Then, we came home from that and did another five-week tour of the States and Canada. Just finished that last Friday and then “But I’m Chris Jericho” was released today, which we filmed last January a few days before I returned at the Royal Rumble, so things were pretty busy for me that week. But it’s always busy, so it’s not just like I’ve been at home, relaxing. I’ve had some good relax time, but I’ve still got a lot of projects, which is the way I like it.

WWE.COM: For people who haven’t seen it yet, how would you describe the premise of “But I’m Chris Jericho!”?

JERICHO: I left WWE in 2005 to go to Los Angeles, study acting and start breaking into that world. When I was out there I realized pretty quickly it didn’t really matter that I was Chris Jericho, a former WWE Champion. I was just a guy going to auditions with 18 other guys who look just like me, trying out for one line in “CSI: Sheboygan.” You know, “These pretzels are making me thirsty.” “Thank you, next!” I’m like, “Really? But I’m Chris Jericho! Don’t I get another shot?” And that’s when I formulated the concept of “But I’m Chris Jericho!”

What if Chris Jericho got blackballed from WWE and had no choice but to follow this other dream he had of acting, but having to start at the bottom? And that’s what the premise is. Jericho gets booted out of wrestling and starts trying to be an actor, and he loses everything in the process. So he has to move back in with his college roommate and has to deal with a horrible agent, a terrible acting coach and horrible auditions. That’s basically what I was going through. I had no problems going through that process; I was learning what it was like to be in Hollywood, but the whole time I was thinking, "This or that would be great for my show."

I started working on “But I’m Chris Jericho!” in 2006 with a friend of mine from Toronto. We pitched and wrote some scripts for it, and that was it and then it went away. Then, about a year ago, [my friend] called me and said he sold the show. I asked, “What show?” He said, “‘But I’m Chris Jericho!’” and I said, “You were still working on that?!” That’s when the whole thing came together.

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