Chris Jericho Talks Daniel Bryan Angle Being Based On Reality, What TNA Is Doing Wrong, Much More
"When I watched Stampede Wrestling, I saw a wrestler by the name of Goldie Rodgers and he was an opening match jobber and I was thinking: 'If I can be like Goldie Rodgers, that's all I want, he is probably making one hundred and fifty thousand a year.' Little did I know that he was making fifty a night and probably getting ripped off. To me because he was on television, he was a superstar and rich. That's what we need to portray our WWE superstars to be. When they are talking about the pre-show, it's like Fast Times at Ridgemont High when (Mike) Damon talks to Mark "Rat" Ratner: 'Where ever you are, it's the place to be.' If you're on the pre-show, it's going to be the biggest pre-show of your life. When you fighting for the Intercontinental Championship, I was fighting (Curtis) Axel , I wanted them to do in-ring introductions, it either got cut off before I got to the ring or someone forgot to do it, this is a title match on a network television show. Why are we not making this a big deal? I don't care if it's the Intercontinental Championship, it's a championship, it doesn't matter if it's the World Championship or the Midget Championship, it should be treated as such because if we don't treat it as such then nobody will. It's the same way with these storylines too. 'Daniel Bryan is small and ugly.' I never noticed that. I don't know how big he is. You see these guys in the ring and they are all the same size unless you're the Big Show or Rey Mysterio. He's got a beard, ok. He's ugly, ok who cares, and who said you're ugly. Maybe under that beard, he's the hottest guy. I don't know. But sometimes they do these things that they thing are going to get heat but I'm not sure if it does get heat."
The transition from going from sports-entertainment to the hardcore wrestling fan: "I think they are making the best with what they have. Daniel Bryan is amazing. To me, he is literally the best in the world. (CM) Punk is great but Daniel Bryan is on such a roll right now. Everything he does is: 'Wow!' I remember watching him when I was there and everything you touch turns to gold. Vince is thinking: 'How can we make this guy the biggest that we can make him? Let's try this.' Vince never loses and he always makes it work and I hope that the end result will be him winning the title and he is the face of the company till (John)Cena comes back and maybe they can do something. I think they are doing what they're doing with what they have and that's the best way they can do it. Daniel Bryan is usually 'smaller and uglier' then what we have so let's focus on that and see if we can turn the fans into like him more. It's like Ryback being the crybaby. Vince didn't just try that, he literally believed that it was going to take him to the next level then he changed it and turn him into a bully and believes that it will take him to the next level and if it doesn't they will change it. Vince is always in control, he knows what he is doing and he always wins in the end so he will keep pushing someone until they get over and they will."
Hard to change with a different character: "That's a question that you need to deal with yourself. There is no hand holding and cuddling in the WWE. This is the big leagues and that's one of the reasons why a lot of the guys are having trouble getting over because they don't have the experience to duck, dodge, dive and dip when things are thrown their way. That's why one of things I did when I got there and things were going the way I wanted to, I had to make changes and morph it and I knew from my nine years of experience of getting over that I'd do it. I knew how to get over. If I can do it in Mexico and Japan, I can do it here. Even in ECW and WCW, I was nothing in WCW until I figured out how to get over. That's why everybody that had experience eventually did it. Eddie (Guererro) did it, (Chris) Benoit did it, (Rey) Mysterio did it and Punk did it.
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