Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Sun UK Interviews Chris Jericho

CHRIS JERICHO says Shawn Michaels is the greatest performer to ever grace a wrestling ring — bar none.

Michaels is to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame over WrestleMania weekend in Atlanta and Jericho, one of HBK's greatest ever opponents, could not be happier.

Speaking exclusively to SunSport, Jericho said: "The best way to put it is that Shawn IS the Hall of Fame.

"There's nobody that has ever been in the business that deserves to be in the Hall of Fame more than Shawn Michaels. That includes Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Steve Austin or anybody else.

"Shawn is the epitome of what the Hall of Fame is because to me he is the best performer of all time. He is not even close to anybody else.

"You can debate it with me until the cows come home — you can say all you want. You can give me all the facts and figures, it's not going to change my mind.

"I'm so excited that he is in the Hall of Fame, but it's essential that he be in there. If he wasn't it would be a waste of time."

Jericho is currently embarking on a major tour to promote the release of his second autobiography, Undisputed, a follow-up to his best-selling effort A Lion's Tale.

Packed with the same energy and verve as his first effort, Jericho takes you through his first stint in WWE from 1999-2005 in captivating detail, as well as detailing the progression of his band Fozzy from unknowns to them touring the world.

The voice of the author is prevalent throughout, and much like in his roles in wrestling, he can make you laugh and cry in equal measures. Jericho is without doubt one of wrestling's finest storytellers, in and out of the ring.

GREAT READ ... Undisputed
Jericho added: "I wrote the book like an episode of Family Guy or something.

"There are so many pop culture references sprinkled throughout that show. If you get it, it's genius. If you don't, then it appears and it's gone so fast you don't even realise it anyway.

"In the book I keep it flowing and entertaining by all the different analogies, jokes, music, pop culture, movies, wrestling, art or whatever I could think of — and I think that's why it works so well.

"I didn't write the book for wrestling fans. I know that wrestling fans are going to like it whatever because they are wrestling fans. I wrote the book for people that like a good story. It could be about a tennis player, a pharmacist or a deep sea diver.

"It deals with a lot of the inside works of wrestling, but it's not so bogged down with 'and then I gave him a hip toss, and then I gave him a body slam'. It's something you can read, enjoy and have fun with."

Fun is indeed never far away, but Jericho has written deep and thought provoking chapters about the death of his mother and the Chris Benoit murders/suicide. Jericho explains that writing about Benoit has helped him deal with the tragedy.

He said: "It was actually quite cathartic to be honest with you, once I got it out of my system and put it on the printed page.

"I'm glad that it's there because it's like putting lightning in a bottle. I screw the cap on, put it away and I don't ever have to really think about it.

"When I want to think about it, I can take it out and look at this lightning flashing back and forth inside this bottle. It's encapsulated there for the rest of time. Everyone can see it and everyone can read about it which is great.

"I get asked about it sometimes but not as much as I used to. I think people are freaked out or intimidated or just don't want to say anything about it. I don't really want to talk about it and now I don't have to, because it's all there on the page."

The book is not a WWE-sanctioned affair, so Jericho has freedom to discuss matters such as the Benoit tragedy, which is typically taboo in Vince McMahon's company.

Jericho is frequently critical of McMahon himself, but stresses that even if the book was published under the WWE banner the boss would not have censored criticisms of himself at all.

He explained: "I talked to Vince about it and Triple H too. I had a lot of confrontations with him when I first started, but it worked out.

"I think it was one of the reasons why WWE in the early 2000s was so exciting because there were a lot of guys rubbing each other up the wrong way personally, which led to them being better professionally.

"I said I was telling stories the way I remember them and it wasn't always rosy. Both of them were like, 'Well, that's life. Good for you. Go for it'. I wanted to make sure they each knew.

"There were a lot of confrontations with Vince and a lot of harsh words spoken. But it was all done with love.

"Not to get sappy but it helped both of us understand the other better to where we have a great relationship and a lot of respect between us right now.

"Vince is one of my favourite people in the world."

Jericho walked away from WWE in late 2010 after his contract expired and, when quizzed on his future, he gives fans at least of glimmer of hope that he may return.

He said: "Would I like to come back? Of course I would.

"Do I know when I'm coming back at this stage? Absolutely not. I have absolutely no idea at this point."
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Radio: Unplugged Featuring Luke Gallows Interview 2/18/11

UnPlugged with JJ $exay returned on 2-18-11 to cover the 600th Episode of WWE Smackdown on the Sy Fy Network.JJ reviewed the show which featured a huge 12 man tag match with both talents from RAW and Smackdown, the crowning of a NEW World Heavyweight Champion, and the return of Teddy Long.and someone got fired
Chris Kelly of joined JJ as they welcomed former WWE talent Luke Gallows. Luke phoned in from Puerto Rico where he is working this week and topics of discussion included: The Origin of "The Freaken Deacon" and his time in devolpmental, The Imposter Kane gimmick and if May 19th holds any signifigance to him, The Origin of Jesse and Festus and why they didn't remain a team, The Straight Edge Society and working with CM Punk, JJ asks Luke's thoughts on the current Nexus storyline and the obvious similarities to the SES, Luke discusses future bookings in Japan and Africa, His influences to get in the business, working matches with both Kane and Undertaker, JJ talks about The Recent return of the Rock and Luke gives his thoughts on the return. JJ and Crelly thank Luke for joining the show and move onto the news of the week.

The Sensational Sean joined the show to talk gaming as JJ took a few calls to talk about TNA, The Return of the Rock, and the direction of Dolph Ziggler.
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Randy Orton Asks For Fans Help

Randy Orton is looking to his Twitter fans to identify someone that decided it would be funny to ring his doorbell and then run off

Orton tweeted:

"A kid just rang our door bell and ran. He jumped in a white car. Unfortunately for him, I have 8 cameras covering every angle of my home...Anyone identify him and u get tickets to RAW in Stl 3/14."

His Twitter can be found at this link
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TV Rating For WWE In The UK

For the week ending February 6th - we just have two first-run shows to compare this week:
Raw (from January 31st) drew 111,000 viewers in the live airing (down 1,000 viewers, or under 1% drop).

SmackDown (from February 4th) drew 101,000 viewers in its first airing on Friday night (down 25,000 viewers from last week, around a 20% drop).
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Former ROH Champion Set To Retire?

Austin Aries posted the following on his Twitter page:

"Apparently not big, young, or tough enough. While it's been amazing, the AA chapter of my life may be coming to an end very soon."
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Dolph Ziggler Comments After Being "Fired" On WWE Smackdown

Following WWE Smackdown where he was fired by the returning Teddy Long, Dolph Ziggler tweeted the following:

First of all, I can't believe that I got to live my dream for this many years and actually come to do it pretty damn well! Even though I used to caddy around and actually went through a rigorous gymnastics and cheerleader training I thought we made it work! I got to make a lot of friends and a couple of enemies, but no matter what, every time I stepped through that curtain, especially these ast 2 years, I felt like a champion, I lived to go to work each day and try to steal the show like no one else could!

No matter what happens in the coming weeks and months, I appreciate the fact that my hard work and countless hours studying and learning paid off! I was in the world title picture as a legitimate threat, and appreciate that I got that chance! Most don't!

I hope this youth movement continues, and I hope its just not to build young guys up and have the mainstays dominate and not pass the torch. There is a ton of hungry young talents and they LOVE their jobs, just like I and did! Hopefully they get their chance! I hope to see zack ryder, trent barretta, curt hawkins and some others get their chance, bc they love what they do, and remind me of why I got into this business! Hopefully Wrestlemania will not be a look back into the attitude era an have all the young guys watching backstage.

I love the wrestling business, and maybe its time to take that next step into the danger zone, brazzers are u hiring??? Haha. I'm sure the door is always open, and I know I busted my ass every damn day I worked for this company, and no matter how doughy and truly. Annoying the miz is, he's obviously onto something (2,000 tries later)! Daniel bryan couldn't draw a dollar with a green crayon! I love hating on him! He got carried to one of (actually THE best match of the year) and john morrison is nothing but a pretty boy doing ballet.

I will see all of u again, SOMEWHERE! And now its time to make an impact and spike someone else's ratings! U know me, I'd rather be in Dixie. Thank you dolphans for ur support!