Chris Jericho Talks Daniel Bryan Angle Being Based On Reality, What TNA Is Doing Wrong, Much More

"Beyond the announcing as he was the head of talent relations in 1999 and he and Vince Russo were instrumental in bringing me in. Jim gave me a helluva deal and spearheaded the deal with Vince's approval. He took recruiting very seriously, it was like an NFL team for him, he went out and found a lot of the best guys that ever worked in this business and he took great pride in it. When Vince Russo left two months after I got to the WWE, he was kind of my last supporter and there was ninety-nine percent of people that didn't like what I was doing . But J.R. never turned on me. Some of that was because of who I was and some of it was because of their perception and I always remember that and stood behind me when I was in this rough transition period and when I started to break out and becoming 'Chris Jericho', he took great pride in that. He stood up a lot of the times when they were saying: 'This guy is the worst' or 'This guy sucks.' And probably saying 'Give it time.' like a good hockey coach will, if you get a number one draft choice and he comes in and he is still not ready. You see it three years down the line and J.R. was that guy for me. I always thought of him like that way and I will never forget that for what he did for me when I first started."

Backstage politics in wrestling: "I don't know either because I am not in the closed door meetings. Just by going with the track record of WWE, they have an interesting way of doing things. I know for a fact that Vince didn't like me when I first came, he didn't see anything in CM Punk when he first arrived and didn't see anything in Daniel Bryan when he first came in and it's a long time to break down those walls, no pun intended. But the Daniel Bryan storyline is something that we used to call 'working in the square' which means it's in the storyline because it comes from true life feelings. 'Daniel Bryan is too small, too ugly' or whatever it might be but it goes against the prototype of what a WWE superstar is supposed to be but so did I, so did Shawn Michaels, so did Bret Hart and CM Punk and a lot of the guys. Not everybody can be a John Cena, Dave Batista or Hunter (Triple H) like the perfect, genetically created WWE guys. There are a lot of things that happen because there are issues behind the scenes.

"I don't know what happened at Summerslam Access, I just heard about it. Obviously J.R. wasn't doing much, he had a lot to do with developmental and he was kind of on the outskirts. I bet Vince didn't even see it, I'm sure he heard about it and just made his opinions on that like what happened with the flag kicking incident in Brazil. He never saw the footage, he just heard about it and had a mental picture of what happened and I was suspended. Meanwhile, when you watch the footage, I really didn't even do anything. Obviously, I deserved it but it's not like I said: 'This flag sucks' or blew my nose on it, or wiped my ass with it and threw it into the crowd. If you're hearing about it, someone in the company is stooging it off to the internet which happens all the time. I'm sure there is some truth to what you're hearing but its speculation. When there's smoke there's fire and I'm sure there is some truth to what you're hearing but I really don't even know either."

Kayfabe still existing in wrestling: "I think sometimes it confuses the fans when you do too much insider stuff, before I came back in 2012, I remember when Punk and Nash were having their feud and their were going back and forth and Nash said: 'You would never draw a dime.' I think people do not understand what that really means. I think we all assume that people read the sheets and read the internet and really eighty percent don't. I'm a big music fan, I read Billboard magazine and I follow charts and read the reviews and see what's going on but I guarantee that eighty percent of people that like music don't or eighty percent of people that watch movies don't read the receipts every week . I think when people say: 'Edge didn't draw a dime' and that's supposed to be a 'heat getting line' and people really do not know what that even means. Edge was a ten-time World Champion so doesn't that mean he was good? So what, he never took a pencil, drew a circle and wrote '10 cents' in the middle of it. I mean, what does 'drawing a dime' really mean? I think we assume that everybody knows as much about wrestling as we do. Telling people: 'You're too small' or 'You're too ugly' and Big Show is broke so he needs the money, it's like if I've been working for WWE and I was broke, something is wrong with me! I don't want to cheer for Big Show if he is broke after 14 years, you question yourself on: "What the hell were you spending all your money on?" You're a former World Champion.

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