CHRIS JERICHO CHRIS DID HIS ASS-KICKING IN THE RING RATHER THAN ON THE STAGE – AND TOLD A FEW FIBS, TOO…
HOW MUCH ASS DID 2016 KICK?
“Plenty. Because Rich [Ward, Fozzy guitarist] and Frank [Fontsere, Fozzy drummer] were doing another Stuck Mojo record, I returned to the WWE, and we decided to pull a very Iron Maiden-style move and took the year off from Fozzy. I definitely missed the band – nothing can replace the feeling of playing live with them – but I’ve had a great time. I kinda want to be the David Bowie of wrestling, where I’m always changing things up. Reinventing my character has made this one of the most fun years I’ve had in WWE.” AND HOW MUCH FUN WAS IT DELIBERATELY SPREADING DISINFORMATION ABOUT AVENGED SEVENFOLD’S ‘SECRET’ ALBUM? “It was really cool.the guys were on my Talk Is Jericho podcast, and they were scared it would leak, and I told them that my wrestling experience had taught me a few tricks, including the old bait and switch, where you make people think one thing and then surprise them from another direction.we came up with the idea of me posting a meme and then taking it down as if I’d fucked up, and it worked so well that even magazines were reporting my bullshitvoltaic Oceans title!” WHO WAS THE BEST GUEST YOU HAD ON TALK IS JERICHO? “I had so many great ones it’s hard to say, though I think it doesn’t get much better than [Black Sabbath guitarist] Tony Iommi. He’s not just an absolute legend but also a great guy. I’d never met him before and he came in and was super friendly and super happy, and we had a tremendous conversation. Having Alice Cooper on was great too, and the Avenged Sevenfold one that we broadcast the night The Stage came out where they discussed the ideas behind the record made for a great
companion to it, and I loved that one.” AS A LIFELONG METALLICA FAN, HOW BIG A DEAL WAS THE NEW RECORD TO YOU? “It was a huge deal. It’s become so rare that they put a record out that it’s an event, and I think all of us as heavy metal fans worship the ground they walk on, and after such a wait there is so much excitement. there are only three bands whose records I’ll still buy as physical copies: Fozzy, Iron Maiden and Metallica, and I certainly got Hardwired...to Self-destruct on vinyl. I think that they came out swinging with this crazy three-minute thrash song built to crush heads reminded everyone who the fuck they were dealing with, it made us hunger more for the record, and it really didn’t disappoint.” YOU HAVE A NEW BOOK OUT IN 2017 – DID YOU SPEND A LOT OF TIME WORKING ON IT? “I did, yeah. writing a book isn’t easy, it takes a long time and there’s a lot of rewrites involved, and this one is quite a different style for me, in that it’s kind of a self-help and ‘how to achieve your dreams’ thing. Having set Fozzy aside for the year also made doing that much easier. there’s no shortcut when it comes to writing a book, and that I could do that and have such a good time in WWE really does clear the path for Fozzy to come back so big and so hard in 2017.” WHAT REALLY MADE YOU LAUGH? “The TV show Vice Principals with Danny Mcbride. He’s such a fucking asshole in every character he plays, and he nails that awkward ‘I can’t believe he’s doing this’ kind of comedy. I loved the David Brent film, too, for the same reasons, but then having grown up in Canada British humour has always resonated with me!” WHO WAS 2016’S BIGGEST ASSCLOWN? “I don’t really think about things like that, but I think maybe the biggest assclowns were the protestors after Trump was elected. It doesn’t matter if I’m a Trump guy or not, what they did was to basically protest democracy itself.there have been presidents I like and ones I don’t like, but that’s what living in America is.to riot and destroy the property of others because you don’t like the result makes no sense to me.”