Exclusive: Chris Jericho talks title unification, Randy Orton and returning to the ring

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December 23, 2013

On Dec. 9, 2001, Chris Jericho became the first Undisputed Champion in WWE history when he defeated both The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin on the same night to unify the WWE and WCW Championships. Twelve years later, Randy Orton beat John Cena in an epic Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match to combine the WWE and World Heavyweight Titles and become the first-ever WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

To get a better perspective on what it means to be the only Superstar at the top of the mountain, WWE.com reached out to Y2J to get his opinion. In between touring with Fozzy, creating the web series “But I’m Chris Jericho!” and launching his podcast “Talk Is Jericho,” The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla was able to squeeze us into his hectic schedule.

WWE.COM: What did it mean to you to be Undisputed Champion? What was it like the night you won?

CHRIS JERICHO: Winning is one of those things I look back on very fondly, even though I don’t remember a lot about it. The night itself is almost a blur, because it happened so fast. I remember more about afterwards, when I had to drive to Anaheim [Calif.]. By the time I got to my hotel, everything was closed. I had to order a pizza from Domino’s, but they wouldn’t deliver to my room. I had to go down to the lobby and I locked myself out of my room. I had to argue with the desk guy to let me back in the room, where my two titles were. It was a classic “dining with kings and queens, ending up in the gutter eating pork and beans” type of thing, all in one night.

WWE.COM: Do you think there should only be one champion?

JERICHO: I thought it was a great idea to unify the championships in the first place back in 2001. Whether I wanted it or not, I thought it was diluting it to have two champions. I didn’t really understand the reason why. It’s like boxing; when you have the WBA champion and the WBC champion, there’s like 10 world champions. Who’s the real world champion? 

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