Chris Jericho Discusses Longevity in WWE, Bray Wyatt’s Character, Who in WWE Could Win Dancing With The Stars

Josh Isenberg

chris jerichoPart Two of The Miami Herald’s interview focuses on Chris Jericho, who recently returned to the WWE. Jericho is scheduled to face Bray Wyatt on Sunday and had plenty to talk about, including his match with the leader of The Wyatt Family.

On Bray Wyatt:

“It’s different,” Jericho said. “It’s something nobody’s ever seen before. It’s a character that he’s really dropped into. People believe it’s real, and when people believe it’s real, they get into it.

Same thing as heel Jericho from 2008 and 2009. People wanted to fight me on the streets for real. I was getting in fights with fans. People believed this character was the biggest %$#^& on earth, because that’s the way I played it.

It’s like an Academy Award winning actor. When he wins an award, there’s a reason for that, because you believed the character. That’s what Bray’s doing. He dropped into it. He’s embraced it. He created it. It’s real. So it’s something the people haven’t seen before, and that’s why it’s getting over as good as it is.”

“[The music] really fits the character,” Jericho said. “It’s a swampy type, groovy, New Orleans Cajun type vibe. It’s a little bit creepy, and that’s basically what the Wyatts are as well. It’s very important to have a good ring song that really matches your character to help you get into that character, before you go on stage. That’s very, very important.”
Who could win Dancing with the Stars in WWE:
“I think [WWE diva and former Miami Heat dancer] Layla would be great on [Dancing with the Stars]. She’s a trained dancer, but the gimmick of the show is to not be a trained dancer and to see the progression, to see how you do, how you become addicted to it, and I was addicted to it for the six or seven weeks I was on.
His longevity in WWE:
“I think that adds to the longevity of Jericho [as a wrestler] and the specialness of what I do,” he said. “I’m one of the last of the survivors from the Attitude Era — from another era — but I’m still being very relevant to this day and age. I work the same way and pretty much look the same way and think the same way I did, which is different from the way guys think now.”
 
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