Chris Jericho Reveals His Favorite Person To Wrestle, Talks WCW, 2008 Heel Turn, More

Source: Wrestle Talk Radio

His 2008 heel turn and 'Anton Chigurh' style inspiration: "Well, yeah, that's pretty much the idea, you know, and nobody really knew it at the time; I was smart enough to keep it under the radar and create this whole new character that really hadn't been done before. Especially when you look at how heels are now in the WWE, where almost everybody wears suits and talks slowly, but at the time I wasn't necessarily the first person that ever did it ever, but in 2008 when I started doing that, it definitely wasn't something everyone was doing. So, I did kind of redefine what it is to be a heel in the WWE and I'm not saying egotistically, I'm saying it as a matter of fact. You could go look at the three or four months preceding that heel turn; nobody was doing what I was doing and that's why it worked. I really committed to it and people thought it was real. People were attacking me in the streets; it happened in Victoria, it happened in South Carolina, it happened in Las Vegas. When you get that sort of reaction, you know you're doing something right."

The WrestleMania 19 match between himself and Shawn Michaels: "Yeah, I mean, it was a great match. I mean, there has only been about 28 matches they can say that they stole the show at WrestleMania, which is like winning an Oscar, and Shawn and I did that at (WrestleMania) 19. Coolest thing was that was the first time we'd ever wrestled each other; we might have done a few little thing leading up to it, but we'd never had an official match. So, that was really cool to know that the chemistry was there right off the bat.

"I think we were both motivated; I was motivated on my end because it was the biggest WrestleMania match I'd ever had up to that point, although the year before I was duking it out with Trple H, which was great, but Shawn was kind of my idol, the guy I looked up to the most, the guy that I wanted to be the most, the guy that I almost had the very similar, almost exact same style and attitude and reputation, to be honest with you. And Shawn was motivated because that was his first WrestleMania back, I think he was still a bit tentative as to what he could and could do in the ring and we definitely brought out the best in each other and it wasn't just that time; I think the feud that we had in 2008 was even better. I think that was one of the greatest angles and feuds of all time, you know, without sounding egotistical once again. So, if anyone ever asked me 'who is your favorite guy to wrestle of all time', I'd always say Shawn Michaels, by far. So, yeah, it was a great match, great chemistry that we had, perfect close finishes; I wouldn't change a thing about it, except maybe Shawn's hairstyle."

His time in WCW and this character style there: "Yeah, one again it was keeping myself amused because WCW was so crazy of a place to be and no one really cared what I did. But, I was doing promos; I would just ask Eric Bischoff 'Hey, can I do a promo?' and he'd say 'Yeah, keep it short'. So, I'd go to the ring and just say whatever I was going to say 'I want you to want me', or 'Oonta gleebin glotten globin" or 'Never EVER Again" or any of the stuff I used to make up and no one was paying attention and the people who thought it was funny, thought I was great and the people who had no idea wanted me to shut up. So, it went both ways."

What is 'Hold 1004'?: "It's the super secret special hold that I can't tell you because it's like if you've ever seen Kill Bill, where there's a 'Five Finger Death Punch' where you die if you get it; that's what happens if I even say the name of it. So, you can't even; it's like Cthulhu, if you even say it, it appears and kills you. So, leave that one; it best remains unsolved."

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