Chris Jericho is currently one of the top stars in All Elite Wrestling, but Jericho spent a great portion of his wrestling career working as a WWE Superstar.
Throughout his WWE career his interview show the Highlight Reel was a mainstay on WWE programming, and during a recent episode of Talk Is Jericho the first ever WWE Undisputed Champion revealed his initial pitch to Vince McMahon.
According to Jericho he pitched it as Jericho’s Junction, and his idea was to use the show to put underutilized stars in the spotlight. However, Vince McMahon quickly took things in a different direction.
“It’s funny as the original Highlight Reel, I pitched it as ‘Jericho’s Junction’ because I was watching a bunch of Mean Gene Okerlund interviews and myself included,” Jericho said. “When I first started doing interviews, he was the Jedi. If you didn’t know what you were doing, Gene would lead you through the interview and make you look like a star, and I said, why don’t we do Jericho’s Junction where every week like a Piper’s Pit, we bring out underutilized stars whoever they were at the time. I’ll lead the interview. We’ll get the people over. We’ll get them to do interviews and connect with the crowd.”
“Vince is like, ‘I love it’, and your first guest is Goldberg. I’m like, well Goldberg is not really the guy. I’m thinking more like Bull Buchanan. Nope Goldberg. Next week Scott Steiner. The next week, it’s Rock. I’m like the whole concept of what I had is gone, and now it’s just another talk show which is fine. That’s great. But the original plan was much like you just like let’s give some of these underutilized guys guys a spotlight where somebody like me or you knows how to bring them along.”
Chris Jericho is currently being advertised for a face to face confrontation with Matt Hardy tonight on AEW Dynamite. Will you be watching? Sound off in the comments below.
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