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Recently on Talk Is Jericho, six-time world champion Chris Jericho discussed his WWE Royal Rumble 2016 performance and shared his thoughts on AJ Styles' much anticipated WWE debut.

Jericho called the 2016 Royal Rumble match "tremendous" and praised how the match was put together. Although Jericho has had some lengthy performances in Royal Rumble matches throughout his WWE career, he lasted 51 minutes in this year's Royal Rumble match, which was a personal best. A casual observer may believe that lasting nearly an hour in the Royal Rumble match is no special feat, given all of the rest periods; however, Jericho pointed out that the rest spots are necessary so that major spots and angles can take centerstage.

"You can call me the 51-minute man. That's right. I was in the Rumble for 51 minutes. That's pretty crazy when you think about it and it's an interesting psychology when you're in the ring for that long. I know sometimes people think, 'oh, you just sit in the corner for the whole time'. Well, the Royal Rumble is based around spotlights. When someone comes in, they get a spotlight. When certain angles happen, there's a spotlight. When there [are] certain eliminations that happen, there's a spotlight on that, so a lot of times, if you see somebody sitting in the corner or doing the typical 'punch, kick, choke someone with your foot', it's because you're basically staying out of the way, and when you do that, you're kind of a background performer. When someone's watching you the whole time, it's going to look like, 'oh, he's just sitting down [and] doing nothing', but that's kind of the concept of what you're doing. And when it's time for your spotlight, you get back in there again, so I think this is the third Rumble I've been in for 45 minutes or longer. I think in 2003, I was in there for a long time. In 2013, I was in there, but this was my longest Rumble appearance, which was a great spotlight. It was really cool."
According to Jericho, the biggest news coming out of WWE Royal Rumble 2016 is AJ Styles' debut. Jericho, who was not well received in the locker room when he debuted for WWE in 1999, went on to say that he could empathize with Styles.

"I think the big buzz of the night and one of the big, huge surprises was the debut of AJ Styles in the WWE, which was a huge, huge get for us. We've been waiting to have him for a long time. One of the hottest free agents in the world today finally in the WWE and it was really cool because in the first night, in the Rumble, I came in the ring. He and [Roman] Reigns were the only ones in there. All three of us just kind of stood there and it was a really good buzz." Jericho added, "when he [came] into the dressing room [prior to the Royal Rumble], I felt a little bit, not bad for him, but I understood what he was going through because he shows up there when we're having the meeting for the Royal Rumble, because he was probably hiding all day or whatever it was, and he comes into the meeting and he knows some people, but he's standing in the back and kind of being quiet and doesn't want to step on anybody's toes."

As for working with Styles on WWE Monday Night RAW, Jericho stated that he was pleased with what was the first ever Jericho versus Styles match and hinted at another bout between the two in the near future.

"We worked the next night on RAW, which was another surprise. And when it was pitched to me, it was pitched to me one way and then I had an idea to kind of go another way, so, hopefully, if things keep going the way we hope, you might see another Jericho/Styles match, so we'll see." Jericho continued, "I was really happy with [the match]. It was fun. It was fun to get in there with a new guy and kind of suss each other out a little bit. And now, it will only get bigger and more intense as we go forward."

Jericho called Styles "a great performer", but stressed that it may take him a month or two to get acclimated to WWE's way of doing things, such as work style and promos.

"When you come to WWE, you're basically starting from scratch." Jericho continued, "but he's going to do great in the WWE. It just takes a month or two [for] the acclimating to the way that we do things, which is different from New Japan, which is different from Ring Of Honor, which is different from TNA."

During the podcast, Jericho also took time to respond to fans who criticized Jericho's "welcome to the big leagues, kid" comment to Styles on RAW.

"I have no doubt that AJ Styles is going to be over big time in the WWE. He already is, just from his fans that he [has] got, but there [are] a lot of people who have never heard of AJ Styles and don't know who he is or what he brings to the table. And at the Royal Rumble, we let them know a little bit and we let them know a little bit more on RAW. I love that people were like, 'Jericho said, 'welcome to the big leagues, kid'. He [has] been in TNA.' Listen, I agree. He [has] been all over the world, but the WWE is the big leagues! That's the truth. It's not being arrogant or being dismissive of his past, but the WWE is the big leagues. It's where everybody wants to be if you're in the [professional] wrestling business. I don't care what you say. Everybody wants to be in the WWE because this is the big leagues. This is the big time. The biggest pro wrestling company in the world, ever, in front of the biggest stage, the biggest crowds, the most worldwide influence. You go from being the biggest worldwide independent star and in two nights, more people know who AJ Styles is right now than they did for the entire 15 years of his career up to it, so that's not demeaning. That's the truth and if you don't like it, you're just living in dreamland because nothing beats being in the WWE."



I completely agree on everything with Jericho here.
 

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I agree on everything apart from the very last part of it

'Nothing beats being in the WWE'

Financial wise, maybe, but you'll probably enjoy yourself as a wrestler more in other companies, other companies tend to treat a lot of their talent with a lot more respect.

He's bang on about AJ otherwise though, the guy is clearly an amazing talent and IMO it's only a matter of time before he becomes a big star in the WWE too, adaptation is a big part of it, you could see the slight awkwardness between the two in the match they had on RAW. Also, the fact that the idea for Styles/Jericho popped up so late is a big reason why some of the matches tend to be more awkward looking on RAW, the ideas come up too late, they don't plan enough in advance. The guys could probably do with a lot more time to rehearse and go over what they're doing. Obviously we can't expect NXT level preparation all the time, and AJ is a new arrival so again, he's still bedding in, but if it's being pitched on the same day then there's something wrong as far as i can see.
 
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Source: Talk Is Jericho

Recently on Talk Is Jericho, six-time world champion Chris Jericho discussed his WWE Royal Rumble 2016 performance and shared his thoughts on AJ Styles' much anticipated WWE debut.

Jericho called the 2016 Royal Rumble match "tremendous" and praised how the match was put together. Although Jericho has had some lengthy performances in Royal Rumble matches throughout his WWE career, he lasted 51 minutes in this year's Royal Rumble match, which was a personal best. A casual observer may believe that lasting nearly an hour in the Royal Rumble match is no special feat, given all of the rest periods; however, Jericho pointed out that the rest spots are necessary so that major spots and angles can take centerstage.

"You can call me the 51-minute man. That's right. I was in the Rumble for 51 minutes. That's pretty crazy when you think about it and it's an interesting psychology when you're in the ring for that long. I know sometimes people think, 'oh, you just sit in the corner for the whole time'. Well, the Royal Rumble is based around spotlights. When someone comes in, they get a spotlight. When certain angles happen, there's a spotlight. When there [are] certain eliminations that happen, there's a spotlight on that, so a lot of times, if you see somebody sitting in the corner or doing the typical 'punch, kick, choke someone with your foot', it's because you're basically staying out of the way, and when you do that, you're kind of a background performer. When someone's watching you the whole time, it's going to look like, 'oh, he's just sitting down [and] doing nothing', but that's kind of the concept of what you're doing. And when it's time for your spotlight, you get back in there again, so I think this is the third Rumble I've been in for 45 minutes or longer. I think in 2003, I was in there for a long time. In 2013, I was in there, but this was my longest Rumble appearance, which was a great spotlight. It was really cool."

According to Jericho, the biggest news coming out of WWE Royal Rumble 2016 is AJ Styles' debut. Jericho, who was not well received in the locker room when he debuted for WWE in 1999, went on to say that he could empathize with Styles.

"I think the big buzz of the night and one of the big, huge surprises was the debut of AJ Styles in the WWE, which was a huge, huge get for us. We've been waiting to have him for a long time. One of the hottest free agents in the world today finally in the WWE and it was really cool because in the first night, in the Rumble, I came in the ring. He and [Roman] Reigns were the only ones in there. All three of us just kind of stood there and it was a really good buzz." Jericho added, "when he [came] into the dressing room [prior to the Royal Rumble], I felt a little bit, not bad for him, but I understood what he was going through because he shows up there when we're having the meeting for the Royal Rumble, because he was probably hiding all day or whatever it was, and he comes into the meeting and he knows some people, but he's standing in the back and kind of being quiet and doesn't want to step on anybody's toes."

As for working with Styles on WWE Monday Night RAW, Jericho stated that he was pleased with what was the first ever Jericho versus Styles match and hinted at another bout between the two in the near future.

"We worked the next night on RAW, which was another surprise. And when it was pitched to me, it was pitched to me one way and then I had an idea to kind of go another way, so, hopefully, if things keep going the way we hope, you might see another Jericho/Styles match, so we'll see." Jericho continued, "I was really happy with [the match]. It was fun. It was fun to get in there with a new guy and kind of suss each other out a little bit. And now, it will only get bigger and more intense as we go forward."

Jericho called Styles "a great performer", but stressed that it may take him a month or two to get acclimated to WWE's way of doing things, such as work style and promos.

"When you come to WWE, you're basically starting from scratch." Jericho continued, "but he's going to do great in the WWE. It just takes a month or two [for] the acclimating to the way that we do things, which is different from New Japan, which is different from Ring Of Honor, which is different from TNA."

During the podcast, Jericho also took time to respond to fans who criticized Jericho's "welcome to the big leagues, kid" comment to Styles on RAW.

"I have no doubt that AJ Styles is going to be over big time in the WWE. He already is, just from his fans that he [has] got, but there [are] a lot of people who have never heard of AJ Styles and don't know who he is or what he brings to the table. And at the Royal Rumble, we let them know a little bit and we let them know a little bit more on RAW. I love that people were like, 'Jericho said, 'welcome to the big leagues, kid'. He [has] been in TNA.' Listen, I agree. He [has] been all over the world, but the WWE is the big leagues! That's the truth. It's not being arrogant or being dismissive of his past, but the WWE is the big leagues. It's where everybody wants to be if you're in the [professional] wrestling business. I don't care what you say. Everybody wants to be in the WWE because this is the big leagues. This is the big time. The biggest pro wrestling company in the world, ever, in front of the biggest stage, the biggest crowds, the most worldwide influence. You go from being the biggest worldwide independent star and in two nights, more people know who AJ Styles is right now than they did for the entire 15 years of his career up to it, so that's not demeaning. That's the truth and if you don't like it, you're just living in dreamland because nothing beats being in the WWE."



I completely agree on everything with Jericho here.
I used to love Jericho but if anyone can ruin AJs momentum then its potentially Jericho imo!

Why Y2J is this weird half face, half almost heel character is just weird and maybe the 5 year old WWE fans love his rooty tooty bootyesque gimmick.....
....but i think hes just been painful on tv since he came back which is a real shame!

I really hope if anything that he goes back to his AE heel days (or close as can be in the PG era). His promos seem most convincing when hes hated and plays to it to me
 

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Why Y2J is this weird half face, half almost heel character is just weird and maybe the 5 year old WWE fans love his rooty tooty bootyesque gimmick.....
....but i think hes just been painful on tv since he came back which is a real shame!
They will probably turn him fully heel to feud with Styles. Be sort of introductory feud in the WWE which Styles will win.
 

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Jericho is spot on.

I just feel like... yeah, financially. But... in terms of freedom, being what you want and who you want.. well.. the WWE isn't the best there.
 

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They will probably turn him fully heel to feud with Styles. Be sort of introductory feud in the WWE which Styles will win.
Really hope so! Its an organic move for him as hes a quality heel but i hope he really pushes the limits he's allowed if he does a full heel turn!
 

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I agree on everything apart from the very last part of it

'Nothing beats being in the WWE'

Financial wise, maybe, but you'll probably enjoy yourself as a wrestler more in other companies, other companies tend to treat a lot of their talent with a lot more respect.
Wrestling ultimately is a job. People wanna get paid well. You can be biggest star in the indy or TNA's world champion, but if you're not making money you're not going to be happy no matter what. Especially when most of your peers have already with WWE and making good money and fame, yu're just left jealous.

WWE does treat their wrestlers well. Weak onscreen booking doesn't mean WWE doesn't care for their talents. Fans are just impatient these days.
 

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Good read. :smile2:
"We worked the next night on RAW, which was another surprise. And when it was pitched to me, it was pitched to me one way and then I had an idea to kind of go another way, so, hopefully, if things keep going the way we hope, you might see another Jericho/Styles match, so we'll see."
I really hope that doesn't mean AJ was pitched to lose. I'm looking forward to a feud between them.
 

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Really hope so! Its an organic move for him as hes a quality heel but i hope he really pushes the limits he's allowed if he does a full heel turn!
Jericho is so much better to listen when he's heel. His face charade does nothing and is just waste of space.
 

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WWE does treat their wrestlers well. Weak onscreen booking doesn't mean WWE doesn't care for their talents. Fans are just impatient these days.
Not if you're Daniel Bryan, who's evidently being held back from doing what he loves for the benefit of somebody else.

There is no doubt that WWE is the top place to be financially though.
 

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Jericho is so much better to listen when he's heel. His face charade does nothing and is just waste of space.
Yup! very much like the original new day gimmick for me! They grated on me because something just didnt feel right but as soon as they became the piss taking heel stable something clicked because i could accept they were complete assholes! Jericho plays the asshole very well and his "banter" promos make it even better imo xD
 

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Not if you're Daniel Bryan, who's evidently being held back from doing what he loves for the benefit of somebody else.
Evidently? What evidence exactly? You mean IWC conspiracy theories?
 

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Evidently? What evidence exactly? You mean IWC conspiracy theories?
The fact that he's been cleared by multiple doctors gives it away in my opinion.

Anyway, i don't want to derail this thread, Jericho is bang on with most of his statements.
 

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Exactly what I expected him to say. Royal Rumble match was trash. They are not special anymore. No dad, you are not cool. Who wouldn't want to have matches with AJ?
 

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Good read. :smile2:

I really hope that doesn't mean AJ was pitched to lose. I'm looking forward to a feud between them.
I reckon it was more likely AJ was going to win decisively rather than a roll up, and perhaps Jericho suggested that they could save that for a rematch down the line in a match that meant more or was longer.

I would like to see more between Styles and Jericho than just one match on Raw.
 

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Good read. Jericho vs Styles at Fastlane would be cool. I still want to see Styles/Bryan and Jericho/Ambrose at Mania.
 

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Good read. Jericho vs Styles at Fastlane would be cool. I still want to see Styles/Bryan and Jericho/Ambrose at Mania.
Unless something crazy happens in the buildup for the main event at Fastlane, I think Jericho/Ambrose is locked for Mania. Styles and Bryan would be great but sadly I can't see Bryan being cleared till after Mania if ever.
 

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I'm not the biggest Jericho fan but he's 100% spot on here. (Y)
He welcomed Styles into the big leagues perfectly.
 

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Re: Jericho on possible rematch with Styles, Lengthy Rumble Performance and "welcome to the big leagues, kid" comment.

If there was a match I would love to see, it's not Jericho/Styles.


It's Neville/Styles.
 
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