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Chris Jericho On Why He's Still w/WWE, New Version Of Tough Enough, Standing By Hogan

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Sports Illustrated conducted an interview with Chris Jericho that is now featured on their “Extra Mustard” blog. Below are the highlights:

His current WWE schedule:

“My days of being a full-time wrestler are long gone, but I still enjoy doing it,” said Jericho. “If I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t do it.”

“I’ve gone far beyond having to do anything for any financial reasons, but it’s a good time to go out there in the ring and it’s very second nature to me,” said the 44-year-old Jericho. “Mentally, it’s still there, and you think about things a little differently after doing this for 25 years. Physically, I feel better than I felt ten years ago. I just started doing yoga five years ago, and it just changed everything around for me, as far as the soreness and the level I had of pain I’d feel during or after a match.

“But the most important reason I still do this is because I enjoy it. It’s a lot of fun, and I like working with the younger guys–it reinvigorates my desire to continue. Those guys work a lot like the gang of guys from my generation, and that gives me a kick, as well.”

“I do as many shows as I can to keep my foot in the WWE door, so I’m not gone for a year at a time,” explained Jericho. “I’ve been off TV for a year, but I’ve worked 50 shows in the interim just doing live events, which, to me, is a lot more fun. I’m also working with all of the younger guys–I worked with Kevin Owens two weeks ago when Cena broke his nose–and that’s fun, too. Anyway I can be involved, I enjoy it. When it comes time for me to be full time, we’ll figure out what I’m going to do and I’ll come back.”

The new version of WWE Tough Enough:

“We’ve never seen anything like this version of Tough Enough, where it’s half-reality and half-live,” explained Jericho. “When you start something new, there is a little bit of process to see how you’re going to make something work. So, as the weeks have gone by, I’ve increased my presence in the show. I was in the ring helping the competitors work out and book their match [last week], so being involved a little more in the reality portion of it balances out what I’m doing on the live part, as well.

​“It’s been a lot of work, but the show has come into its own. People are always going to complain, ‘I wish it was that way,’ or ‘I wish that guy stayed,’ but it’s a whole new world for us that we’ve created. It kind of reminds me of when the Elimination Chamber happened. We’d never seen one before and there wasn’t anything to look back on, so you had to figure it out as you went along. And that’s what we’ve been doing, and it’s been working out–and it’s a great series so far.”

Thoughts on Hulk Hogan’s n-word scandal:

“I’m nobody to judge anybody,” said Jericho. “I’ve had just as many issues as anybody else. But you stand by your friends in good times and bad times, and Hulk’s my friend. That’s all I’m going to say about that.”

Vince McMahon still being in charge:

​“Until the day he leaves this earth, Vince McMahon is in charge of every aspect of the company,” confirmed Jericho. “It’s his company and it always will be. He’s giving out more responsibilities but, at the end of the day, anyone who was any responsibilities delegated by Vince still has to get final approval by Vince. He’s still the boss. I work with him very closely on Tough Enough every Tuesday in the direction meetings, and he still has a lot of great ideas. He still has his finger on the pulse of what’s going on. And it doesn’t matter what you hear other people say–everybody who works in the WWE knows who the boss is.”

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Richard Reacts: I'm such a huge Chris Jericho fan. Every time he does an interview he's honest, well-spoken and shows how down to earth that he is. Even on controversial topics, he's honest and gives his opinion without any type of hidden agenda. He's a good dude and a great asset to WWE.

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