Mickey Rourke is currently the guest on Larry King Live on CNN, and interestingly, Chris Jericho just appeared on the show live via satellite and furthered what looks to be an ongoing storyline between the two performers. Jericho criticized Rourke for the comments he made on the red carpet of the SAG awards by saying "I think Mickey kinda talked a little out of line…there’s a lot of a difference in playing a wrestler in a movie and actually being one in real life, and I think Mickey was given some bad advice in saying my name on the red carpet, and if you get your wish Mr. Rourke you will learn things you never learned in playing a wrestler in a movie." Larry King then asked Mickey if he would ever wrestle Jericho to which Rourke said, "Would I wrestle him? If it was up to me, no. It’s not my world, I was a professional fighter. Would I box him in a boxing ring or a bare knuckle match? Ya. Wrestling, that’s his world." Rourke went on to say he was taking the high road and respected everything Jericho does, to which Jericho responded by saying, "…You offended me, and that’s the last thing you want to do is offend Chris Jericho, believe me, because you may have respect for me and my world but I don’t have respect for you. I don’t. I really don’t."
Although this did come off as a work as Jericho was definitely "in character," Rourke shied away from announcing that he would be at Wrestlemania or that he would be having any kind of match with Jericho. In fact, he later stated in the interview that he will not have a match with Jericho and that he needs to stop doing these kinds of "crazy" things he used to be guilty of doing earlier in his career. In my opinion, it seems as if they’re setting this up for Jericho to be the clear heel as he was really attacking Rourke, and the Oscar nominated actor will most likely be the babyface as he had nothing bad to say about Jericho and came off as very non-confrontational. It was an interesting segment no matter what happens.
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