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Chris Jericho did an interview with Backstage Impact Interviewer Alicia Atout on her AMBY Interviews YouTube channel. Jericho discussed the year he had from the cruise to his band, about reinventing himself, and the one character that didn’t fit for him. Here are highlights from the interview:

The Jericho Cruise and if he’ll be doing it again:

“[The cruise] was one of those things where no one really knew what to expect. Once it happened, it’s just like, ‘Wow this is so much fun,’ and the reason for that was because it’s never been before. Matches on the ship being in the middle of the ocean, that’s never been done before. So, it was something where people are like ‘Okay, that sounds alright,’ but then were like, ‘Oh my god, this is going to be a destination vacation for me for years to come.’ That’s always been the plan to be an annual occurrence. Standing right now, we are in deep discussion to do another.”

Reinventing himself and loving NJPW:

“I hate to say, but if I go back to the WWE there won’t be a ‘List.’ I mean it doesn’t feel right anymore. For me to walk out there with ‘The List’ and put somebody on it just seems like, ‘Oh, that’s so 2016,’ which was huge and people want to see it, but I just can’t allow myself to not continue to be creative. That’s why I love working in New Japan. I love that character. Don’t really know how it started. I mean there’s a definite lineage that I could tell you step-by-step, but I didn’t just show up and go ‘Okay, I’m gonna wear a hat and put makeup on my face, and be completely crazy.’ It was an evolve and a change doing this so over-the-top brutal character, the brutal beatdowns on Kenny Omega and Naito. Wearing a light up scarf and sparkly underwear didn’t seem to fit anymore.”

One character that didn’t fit:

“When I came back in 2007 as kind of the short hair Y2J, it was a disconnect. It didn’t fit. I’ve been gone for two years and I didn’t look like the same guy and going back there with the same catchphrases, it felt stale. I knew that it wasn’t working and that’s why I had to completely change everything. That’s when I switched from shorts, to long pants, to tights, got rid of the countdown, started wearing a suit, and all that sort of stuff. It’s all of the process of realizing you don’t want to be a nostalgia act and people don’t want it either. It doesn’t work. It’ll never be more over the second time you do something that you did the first time.”

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NXT UK Superstar and winner of the 2018 WWE MYC Toni Storm had a sit down interview with the Mirror to talk about being compared to Chris Jericho, what Triple H and Stephanie McMahon said to her after winning the Mae Young Classic, and her round-table conversation with Trish Stratus and Sasha Banks. Here are the highlights:

Ahead of WWE Evolution, you appeared on a WWE roundtable episode with Trish Stratus and Sasha Banks, hosted by Cathey Kelly. Was that a surreal experience? You seemed a little nervous – are you normally quite shy or was that moment just a bit overwhelming?

“Oh, to me it’s all like a weird dream now that I look back. I was sat there, doing an interview with the most popular women in wrestling. I couldn’t believe what was happening. It just all feels like a dream now and it felt like a dream at the time! But it was incredible, I’m so blessed that I got to have that experience. … [Laughs] Yeah. I’m normally … funnily enough I can be a little bit of a nervous person, I’m a bit shy sometimes, but that was ridiculous! I was sat there with Trish Stratus for God’s sake! It was insane. She is absolutely lovely, so is Sasha, and they made me feel very welcome and very accepted, so it was absolutely incredible.”

Backstage you posed for the now obligatory photo with Triple H, and in this case, Stephanie. What did they say to you after winning the Mae Young Classic?

“They just congratulated me and said they really enjoyed it. To be honest though, I was in a whole different world, I couldn’t believe what was going on around me and I couldn’t believe who was there. They were so nice – it was like no other experience ever.”

WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry had some very high praise for you, comparing you to Chris Jericho by highlighting your excellent energy, storytelling and selling, and saying you could be the next big thing in women’s wrestling. Thoughts?

“[Laughs] It’s just crazy isn’t it? I’m just little me, that pops along each day and tries my best, then I have such massive names saying such nice things about me. It’s so lovely for them to take the time out to watch me and praise my work. I can believe I have such big names praising me. He’s the World’s Loveliest Man. I thought that was one of the biggest compliments I’ve ever received because Chris Jericho is incredible, one of the biggest names of all time, and he’s been a huge inspiration for me, since I was a kid. To be compared to my idols is kind of surreal. I’m happy with that compliment, it’s the ‘World’s Strongest Compliment’ if you will!”

Toni Storm also talked about speaking Japanese and working with Meiko Satomura, Hiroyo Matsumoto, and Mia Yim. You may click here to read the full interview.

Earlier this week, WWE Hall of Famer Edge talked to the New York Post about if he would ever make an in-ring comeback, Chris Jericho reinventing himself, as well as who is currently grabbing his attention in WWE. You can read the highlights of that interview below:

If he would ever make an in-ring comeback:

“Ah, no. [Laughs] Well, here’s the thing: People as much as they want it, it’s not going to be what they want. It’s very rare. Especially when you get performers into their 40s and 50s, it’s not an easy job. It’s a very, very difficult thing physically. I personally think your body isn’t meant to do it past 40 years old. It’s just a really, really physically demanding, taxing thing. And I know people hop in and they do one-offs here and there, but I just think it’s a matter of time before eventually, they are going to get hit with some kind of injury bullet, because it’s not normal to do to your body, especially once you start getting up in middle age. So, hey, do I know A.J. Styles and I could have an amazing match, Seth Rollins and I could tear it down and have a classic, yeah, if it were me at 35, not me at 45. And not me at 45 not having stepped in a ring for eight years.”

Chris Jericho reinventing himself in NPJW:

“Chris has always been kind of [one who] wears many hats. And I think he needs to do that. He needs to do a bunch of different things to stay creatively stimulated. So it’s like, right, I can do a cruise. Sure, yeah, let’s give this a shot and I can have my band [Fozzy] come on there and do shows and have bunch of my buddies and put on a wrestling card on a ship. That’s just the way Chris does things. He doesn’t think of limitations.”

Current WWE Superstars who are grabbing his attention now:

“I’ve been kind of touting Becky for a while, just from the kind of organic reaction she’s gotten from the audience. They want her as the focal point of the division, and it was very, very obvious and thankfully they listened and kind of allowed it to happen, which is real cool and fun to watch. I really like watching [Drew] McIntyre right now. I think he reinvented himself. I’ve always really liked Drew and it’s great to see him come back with the right mentality and get this opportunity because he has that right mentality.”

Edge also discussed his role on History’s The Vikings. You can read the whole interview here.

The Chris Jericho Cruise wasn’t just about wrestling and musical performances, there was also a story time session involving Jericho and his friends. Jericho was joined by Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, Marty Scurll and Adam Page during a cruise recording of his Talk is Jericho podcast in front of a live audience.

At one point the discussion shifted to locker room leaders and Jericho told a story about CM Punk asserting himself as WWE’s locker room leader.

“Cody, do you remember this weird locker room meeting in WWE once where CM Punk said that [he was the locker room leader]? Do you remember that?” asked Jericho.

“I tried not to name names,” responded Cody.

“I’ll say it because it’s my cruise,” replied Jericho. “[Punk] said, ‘As the locker room leader…’

“You don’t lead me!” Jericho responded to a chorus of applause.

Cody noted that while some people looked at Punk as the locker room leader, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T took exception it.

“It worked on a certain demo of the locker room,” said Cody. “But there was one meeting where Booker T was in the room and Punk hit the ‘As the locker room leader, I’m telling all of you guys to pick up your trash’ and Booker literally threw his trash on the floor.

“He’s not telling me to pick up my trash,” Cody said while impersonating Booker T. “They had this whole interaction.”

Cody went on to name Kane as the only “actual” locker room leader.

“Glen (Kane) is the only actual locker room leader,” Cody explained. “Absolutely, he’s the Mayor now!”

“He is somebody that you would listen to because he’s 6’9″ 350 lbs of muscle,” Jericho stated. Jericho added that if Kane told him to pick up the trash he would do it, but wouldn’t if Punk told him to do the same.

Jim Neidhart passed away in August after a fall in his home. His wife speculated that he might have had a seizure but his brother-in-law, Bruce Hart, revealed that Neidhart was suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

One of Neidhart’s last public appearances came during the WrestleMania 34 Hall of Fame ceremony. Natalya and Tyson Kidd went on Chris Jericho’s podcast to discuss just how much Neidhart was struggling during the Hall of Fame speeches.

“For me, I really had felt strongly about bringing my dad to WrestleMania last year. We weren’t going to do it, but then a week before WrestleMania I called my mom and told her that you guys are going to come down to WrestleMania and I want Daddy there,” said Natalya. “And it was a very last minute decision to bring my dad to WrestleMania, which I am glad that I did because a lot of people got to see him and say hi to him and take pictures with him. My dad got to feel very important, but I can also see that there was struggle there with him.

“Like, at the Hall of Fame ceremony he couldn’t stay for the whole thing. We were boarding the busses, and it overwhelming for him. There were moments where he was super clear and there were moments where he was like, super quiet and vacant.”

Natalya went on to say that she, Tyson and her mom created a fortress around Neidhart to protect him during the Hall of Fame.

“I was super protective of my dad, which I still am. I had told you [Jericho] that he wasn’t going to do any other interviews except for your podcast because I know you will do him justice. I knew he would feel comfortable and safe and would feel safe for him to do it. It was the last interview my dad ever did,” stated Natalya.

Tyson Kidd added, “His long-term memory was insane, even the last Thursday and Friday when he came with his sister and we were watching old family pictures and photos, he would remember a lot of things. His long-term memory-that’s why telling those stories about WrestleMania 2 and Andre the Giant, like, his long-term memory was great, but he wouldn’t remember what he had done the previous day.”

“With my dad, this wasn’t just recently, his life was always unique,” said Natalya. “With him, we always just took it one day at a time because he was larger than life sometimes.”

Chris Jericho has been keeping himself busy since leaving the WWE last year, and the Superstar showed up in New Japan Pro Wrestling, winning the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

Jericho appeared on Larry King Now last year, and the full interview was released couple of days ago. Chris was promoting his book ‘No Is a Four-Letter Word’, and when asked if Vince McMahon knew about him before he signed with the WWE, Jericho shed some light on if Vince keeps tabs on talent outside the WWE.

“I’m not sure he did”, Jericho revealed. “One thing about Vince is like, I always say that it doesn’t matter what you’ve done outside of those walls. Until you walk into a WWE ring and Vince sees you with his own two eyes, I don’t think it matters what you had done. I think his people had told him about Chris Jericho, and he might have seen a few things. But I don’t think he really knew who I was, or what I was, or what I could do, or what I potentially could do until I got there. And as good as I was after 9 years (of wrestling in other promotions), getting into the Vince world was a completely different thing.”

Jericho was also asked to give his thoughts on Cena acting in movies, and Jericho attributed his success to Vince McMahon’s work ethic.

“You talk about Cena, you talk about Batista, Rock or Chris Jericho, we all have that Vince McMahon work ethic. And the other thing is, there are no Prima Donnas in the WWE. You’re expected to do your job, you’re expected to do the press. You’re expected to do whatever it takes to represent the company, and represent yourself. So whenever guys like us come into Hollywood, a guy like John, work ethic-through the roof. Attitude-amazing. Press-‘What do you want me to do? What else can I do to promote this?’ It’s like a dream, a dream performer for the people out here.”

The current IWGP Intercontinental Champion was also asked about Dwayne Johnson’s success in Hollywood, and Jericho once again pointed to The Rock’s work ethic.

“Just work-ethic. Work-ethic, talent, charisma. And not taking no for an answer. It all boils down to that.”

When Larry asked Chris if he thought Dwayne would run for President in the future, Jericho said he would. Chris also played up The Rock’s chances of becoming a future President.

“Absolutely. We live in a world now, I call it ‘The era of the celebrity President’. Started with Obama a little bit, and now with Trump. No previous experience, knows how to work a camera, knows how to be charismatic. That’s what you need to be the President now. We’ve already established that. You don’t have to be a Governor. You don’t even have to be a Senator.”

The first World Heavyweight Championship run of CM Punk’s career came to an abrupt end at Unforgiven 2008 when he was attacked backstage by Randy Ortonand Legacy. On a recent episode of Something To Wrestle with Bruce Prichard, the former WWE producer recapped the pay-per-view and shed some light on the situation.

Punk won the world heavyweight title by cashing in his Money In The Bankbriefcase during an episode of RAW. Prichard revealed that the reason WWE put the title on him was because of injuries to top stars John Cena and Randy Orton. Despite not being considered a top star by many backstage officials, Punk had a dedicated fan base that mostly consisted of the younger audience and WWE figured it was the right time to give him a run with the title.

“CM Punk was somebody who was on the rise, and someone from the television studios – which is a much younger group of guys – really liked CM Punk for whatever reason,” Prichard said. “If you were to ask someone like me or Vince McMahon or Michael Hayes what the appeal was to CM Punk, we couldn’t tell you.

“It was until I took him up and sat him down and you actually take the time to know someone. John Cena is out, Randy Orton is out, all these guys are out. You have to make the move. It forces you to pull the trigger to make the move and pull the trigger, and with CM Punk we did that. We felt that this was his opportunity where one door shuts and the opportunity comes your way to make the most out of it. We went with CM Punk during that time, which was all there was to it. It wasn’t much more thought other than necessity that we lost all of those guys at once due to injuries that we had to put somebody else in there, you have to play the game and you needed players which were how CM Punk originally got in there. From my vantage point, and me speaking my opinion, I thought CM Punk deserved it and I thought that Punk would do well in that role.”

Punk was expected to defend his title in a Championship Scramble match during the main event of Unforgiven. However, the backstage assault that included Orton punting Punk in the face rendered him unable to compete in the match, and he was forced to forfeit his championship. Chris Jericho eventually won the title, and Prichard said it was because the WWE wanted to raise the stakes of his rivalry with Shawn Michaels. Prichard said it was a clear mistake to take the title off of Punk at the time because he needed it to elevate his status. Prichard revealed that Punk was not happy about the situation.

“CM Punk was confused. Really confused, and when you look back, to me [Chris] Jericho and Shawn [Michaels] did not need that title. They needed a prop for a ladder match, okay, but they sure as hell didn’t need the championship. I thought CM Punk needed the championship. I thought that the championship helped Punk, but at that point, it was needed for a prop to have a ladder match so as crazy and as many conspiracy theories people want to throw out there it is as simple as that,” Prichard said. “It sucked, and you can see, hindsight being 20/20 you see the interview with CM Punk where they [Legacy] jump him and Punk is not even into it. He’s frustrated and probably upset, all rightfully so by the way, so you feel before he even gets jumped he’s thinking, okay fine, I’m going to do this f**k it. It did suck because it made no sense.”