Chris Jericho Appears On Wrestling Observer Radio

Chris Jericho Explains Dropping Light-Up Jacket, Talks WWE/NJPW & More

Chris Jericho recently spoke with Dave Meltzer for an interview on Wrestling Observer Radio to promote his “Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager At Sea” cruise. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.

On comparing WWE to NJPW and why it’s good to have NJPW around: “The thing that’s different about [New Japan] is that it’s a different style, it’s a different vibe to it. And that’s a how you can truly make it as a secondary choice and a secondary option behind the WWE. You don’t want to be WWE lite. We’ve seen that happen with old TNA and all these other promotions. They’re just trying to provide what WWE provides. New Japan provides something completely different, and that’s why it’s working. That’s why it has become, like I said, a secondary option if you’re a hardcore wrestling fan.”

On the reason why he doesn’t wear the light-up jacket anymore: “Even like when I did the [Tetsuya] Naito thing with the make-up and stuff. When I worked with Kenny [Omega], he’s such a crazy character, I thought like these shorts with sparkles and rhinestones on them, it doesn’t match this anymore. A light-up jacket, I don’t feel this anymore. And when I went to do the Naito match in Osaka, New Japan wanted me to wear the light-up jacket, and I was like, ‘I can’t. I don’t feel it anymore.’ And [they were] like, ‘we really want you to do it.’ I was like, ‘I’m sorry. It doesn’t feel right.’ And what felt right was having long, black pants and, you know, putting some makeup on and a frickin’ fedora. I don’t know why, it’s just what I felt like at the time.”

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