Chris Jericho Speaks Out - The Nexus, SummerSlam, More
On problems getting time off to perform with Fozzy such as next weekend and the U.K tour in the fall:
"In some ways yes but it's an interesting case in how it is for me. Obviously I have many years and experience and am one of the higher names on the totem pole but more importantly I never get hurt for whatever reason maybe too stupid. I've never been hurt so everyone else on the roster takes time off from being hurt or to make a WWE movie. I don't get hurt and I don't make WWE movies, I go on tour with my band so it's kind of a no hassle situation because it's kind of an underlying acceptance that I'm going to do this from time to time and there's a little resistance but when it comes to the bottom line they know I need to do this keep myself sane and explore these other possibilities and not get hurt."
What time period his second book will cover?
"It starts right when I walk to the ring for my debut against The Rock and ends about seven years later when I walk out to face Randy Orton when I returned in 2007. It's great because it's my whole WWE experience but also very involved with starting a band with Fozzy and the trials and tribulations of that which are just as ridiculous as some of the things I went through in the first book when I was trying to make my name in wrestling. It's a great dichotomy of a guy who is at the top of one profession and trying to make it in another one with all of the ridiculous stories you have come to expect from Chris Jericho's life."
One of the cool parts of his upcoming DVD that comes out in September:
"Back in the early part of the decade you would go in the ring and do improv comedy it would be me and Steve, me and Rock or Rock and Steve or whatever and I found this one 15-minute piece of tape from Tucson, Arizona of Steve and I doing 15 minutes of improv comedy and it's brilliant, it's some of the funniest stuff I have ever done in my career and Steve's career and no one has ever seen it. It never aired, it was after the show and we always record everything that happens and as soon as it ended I said that has to be on my DVD if I ever get one so I got a tape of it and kept it in my house. It really is a great comprehensive package of not just my career but of a great time in the business when it had a lot more experienced guys and a lot less strict rules and stuff like that."
Discussing the Nexus angle heading into SummerSlam:
"I think it's been a stroke of genius. I think it's something that has got people talking and of course there are critics in everything and it's your job to do that. I think the fact you took seven guys that no one had heard prior to February of this year and made them into the main event of SummerSlam with a viable, interesting, money making match I don't think that's ever been done in the history of the business. It worked, it's worked better than anything we've done in awhile and I'm very excited to be a part of it, originally I wasn't supposed to be a part of it and was supposed to be involved with someone else but that didn't work so we started working on this. It's great because you're taking lighting in a bottle and more importantly now you have this cool dichotomy with this Cena team or Jericho team whatever you want to call it and Nexus is a well oiled pack of wolves and then you have a bunch of ego maniacs fighting it out to see who will be the leader of a team. It really is a great story with a lot of levels and that's the best things we do in the WWE is have very involved and layered stories and this is one of those real cool ones that's been going in for months and I don't know if SummerSlam will be the culmination, it wouldn't surprise me to see it go further but it's a lot of fun to be a part of it, I'm enjoying it. Plus it's really passing the torch and helping these guys and I keep telling them this could be the biggest angle of your careers and some of you won't make it out alive and that's really the truth some of these guys won't ever be as over as they are right now so enjoy it and learn as much as you can and run with as much as you can because it might never happen again."