Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Eric Bischoff on if Chris Jericho Is A Top 5 Heel of All Time

Eric Bischoff on if Chris Jericho Is A Top 5 Heel of All Time
During a recent episode of the 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff was asked if Chris Jericho is a top 5 heel of all time in wrestling.


"I don't think so," Bischoff stated. "I love Chris Jericho and his work, but I wouldn't put him in the top 5 heels.

"Here's the disadvantage Chris has in terms of his legacy and being compared to people: the peak of Jericho's career is behind him. Just like the peak of Hulk Hogan's career was in the 80's, doesn't mean he wasn't viable in the 90's, but the very peak of Chris' career was in WWE. That doesn't mean the characters he's reinvented hasn't allowed him to sustain his relevance, but its going to be hard for Jericho to be remembered for something bigger than the star he was in WWE when he was surrounded by guys like The Rock, John Cena, Randy Orton, whose star was just as big as his.

"He certainly deserves a lot of credit for being able to reinvent himself and remain relevant but I don't know if that in itself will put him on that same pedestal with guys like The Rock, Cena and Orton who were really his peers at the peak of his career."

In June of 1994, Hulk Hogan jumped ship from WWF to WCW which sparked a lot of interest in WCW. Nearly 25 years later, Chris Jericho made a surprise appearance at the introductory press conference for AEW which prompted people to make comparisons between the two. Bischoff talked about the comparisons and if he agrees with them.

"I think for a lot of reasons yeah," He said. "He's the name, Jericho started making a name for himself before he came to WCW, I think WCW put Jericho on the map. Once he was on the map he decided to take over a small country in WWE and became an even bigger star than he was in WCW. Could Jericho move the same business to business needles that Hogan did? I don't think so in fairness. But the difference between what Jericho brought to the table with AEW and Hogan with WCW, there's not a lot of daylight. When Hogan left WWF and came to WCW, it was a big deal, I don't think that same 'OMG' factor was necessarily there, it was close [with Jericho joining AEW]. "

Bischoff also discussed AEW and WWE dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. Bischoff admitted that the current shows without fans are impossible for him to watch.

"The sooner WWE and AEW can get you to forget the last three months existed, the better off they're going to be," Bischoff said. "This is horrible. This is a horrible time. For me, it's impossible to watch. I would rather go beat my head on the bumper of my truck then to watch 15 minutes of wrestling in front of no crowd."



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