Chris Jericho recently appeared as a guest on the CBS Sports podcast, In This Corner, to promote his return to the WWE ring at Friday’s Greatest Royal Rumble pay-per-view in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On why he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to return for the Greatest Royal Rumble match: “It’s one of those things that is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Obviously, getting the chance to work with Saudi Arabia at the highest level. We had been there back in 2015, and had some great shows, but it seems like they are beginning to try and change some of the things that are being done over there and it’s really cool to have been asked by WWE to be part of it. As you know, I am not working full-time there right now but still part of the family. With the matches that have been announced right off the bat, it has as much steam, if not more than the WrestleMania card did, just the fact of who is on the show and all the big matches that we have. It reminds me of a few years ago when we would do Live Event specials on the Network from Madison Square Garden. We did another one from Tokyo, Japan. It’s got kind of the same vibe to do the same thing with the Greatest Royal Rumble, just bigger.”
On those who claim today’s era of wrestling is the best it has ever been: “Let’s not get carried away. There are a lot of great performers but let’s go back to the mid 90’s in WCW and WWE when you had [Eddie] Guerrero, [Chris] Benoit, Dean Malenko, Rey Mysterio, Ultimo Dragon, Juventud Guerrera were all putting on great matches as well. Maybe at a main event level they are the ‘best’ athletic matches, but the crowd reactions for Hulk Hogan vs Ultimate Warrior was three million times more than what we have today, technically and athletically the guys are putting on amazing matches. Character-wise it was stronger 30 years ago, but every era is different. There is good and bad with every era. I think it is a great time with pro wrestling right now. I was talking with Vince the other day and he’s right, whenever the WWE is hot other areas are hot as well. When WWE goes down then other independents goes down as well, too. It all depends on what is going on with the rest of the world. I have to say that the matches are a lot better athletically now and there is a lot of places for guys to work and don’t have to rely heavily on WWE; guys like Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, guys that can go overseas and go to Ring of Honor and make a good living. Obviously I will say that WWE is the end game in this business, but it may not be for everybody. I had always wanted to be in the WWE more than anything and when I finally got here it was the goal that I had my whole life and my whole career, but that may not be the case for everyone else anymore. The business is strong and is a good time right now for sure.”
Check out the complete Chris Jericho interview at CBSSports.com.
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