|By Raj Giri||January 12, 2013 | Comments|
"The original plan was to work with Mickey Rourke in a singles match, but he was so excited about it [that] he went and said something about it at the Screen Actors Guild Red Carpet," Jericho revealed. "My cousin texted me saying, 'Are you wrestling Mickey Rourke? He just challenged you on the red carpet.' This was like 3 weeks before the Oscars. We were going to announce it after the Oscars, but once he said it, his people were mortified and thought it might hurt his chances of winning, so he had to pull out and he didn't even win the Oscar so it was a bit of a drag. We even already started going in that direction and then he said 'no.'
"Then Vince came up with this Plan B with the legends with [Ric] Flair, who'd retired the year before. He'd [Flair] be the ring leader and it was gonna be [Roddy] Piper, Jimmy Snuka and Greg Valentine because Vince's criteria was it had to be a guy who was in the WWE Hall of Fame and had appeared at WrestleMania 1. [Hulk] Hogan's name was never mentioned. At one point they talked about Jerry Lawler, but he didn't fit because he wasn't in WrestleMania 1. I was looking at it like me and Piper, Snuka and Greg Valentine, this match is gonna be s--t. I said that to Vince, I told him it won't be good and he said, 'it's not supposed to be good.' I told him I understand, that but instead of putting Greg Valentine in there, could we put Ricky Steamboat in there. Ricky had just started working there again at the time. He hadn't wrestled and he didn't even own his own name, his ex wife owned the name so they had to get something figured out. There was a little bit of heat there too, and Vince finally allowed Ricky to come in and we did it and it was amazing. He made it."
You can check out more from the interview on their Facebook page at this link.
Got a news tip or correction? Send it to us by clicking here.
Jim Ross Blogs About Ronda Rousey, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, People Hating John Cena
The Rock Pays Homage To His Dad On "Ballers," John Cena Back At The Gym, Rocky Johnson - Harley Race
Finn Balor Hits Head On Ceiling During Match, Bayley Teases Raw Appearance, Neville - Xavier Woods
Jim Ross Talks About Hall Of Fame Selections, Reality Shows Exposing Wrestling, William Regal, More
Daniel Bryan On Fans Being Able To Change WWE's Plans, Brie's Match After Undertaker's Streak Ended
Dana White Says Ronda Rousey Vs. Cyborg Would Do 2.5 Million Buys, Cyborg On Rousey's Steroid Remark
Roddy Piper's Past Prophetic Comments About His Mortality, Piper "Bloodstained Memoirs" Scene, More
Update On New Gimmicks For Several WWE Talents
WWE Star Takes Homeless Couple To Restaurant, Returns With Big Group Due To "Distant" Manager
UFC 190: Rousey Vs. Correia Recap: Ronda Rousey Continues To Make History
Undertaker Rumor Killer, Early Brock Lesnar Vs. Undertaker Betting Odds, Mascot No-Sells Kevin Nash
Bret Hart Reacts To "Rowdy" Roddy Piper's Death