Chris Jericho’s current run has been entertaining, to say the least. In the twilight of his wrestling career, Jericho has had one of the best years putting up amazing matches with the likes of AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn and even Enzo and Cass. His promos have been entertaining and he has added prestige and importance to every rivalry he has been in, hence, putting over his opponent as well.
The Ayatollah of Rock n’ Rolla’ appeared on episode 128 of You're Welcome! With Chael Sonnen. Jericho spoke about a number of issues on the podcast including his thoughts on a CM Punk return as well as his WCW days and the negativity surrounding Bill Goldberg during his early days in WWE that made him difficult to work with.
Jericho was of the view that of the years that he had known CM Punk, he figured him to be a risilient and hardworking sort of guy. Jericho said that Punk’s quick loss to Mickey Gall in a little over two minutes had been highly ridiculed by many of the MMA pundits. He made it clear that he was sure that Punk would go ahead and get back up after the loss and would not let the discouraging words of people demoralise him.
Jericho pointed out that Punk was back in the gym on Monday after his loss on Saturday night. He said that Punk would possibly fight again in the octagon in other promotions even if not the UFC and get some wins under his belt. Jericho was of the view that after Punk was done with his fighting career in UFC, he would lend his expertise as a part of the commentary team. Y2J felt that Punk’s expertise on what goes on inside a fighter’s head inside the Octagon would help him contribute and share his insight with the audience.
Jericho didn’t rule out the possibility of a WWE return for Punk somewhere down the line, saying that:
"It would be a big deal for him to come back to WWE, but I don't know if he would ever. I mean, never say never. Dusty Rhodes came back. Bret Hart came back. I'm sure, at some point, he'll come through."
Jericho then shifted gears and spoke about Goldberg. He said that the negative culture in WCW was a big reason for Goldberg becoming more and more difficult to work with. He said that Bill was a great guy when he first came in, but the atmosphere in WCW changed him for the worse.
The top guys in the company at that time were no role models as far as professional behaviour was concerned and Goldberg started imitating that. But Jericho also acknowledged that Goldberg, at his zenith, was perhaps one of the biggest stars. He likened Goldberg’s popularity to that of Stone Cold and The Rock and said that during that time Goldberg was one of the few larger than life characters on television.
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