Earlier this week, the folks at Larry King NOW released their complete interview with Chris Jericho from last year. Featured below are some of the highlights from their discussion, which you can watch in full via the video player embedded below.
On whether or not Vince McMahon knew about him before he signed with WWE: “I’m not sure he did. One thing about Vince is like, I always say that it doesn’t matter what you’ve done outside of those walls. Until you walk into a WWE ring and Vince sees you with his own two eyes, I don’t think it matters what you had done. I think his people had told him about Chris Jericho, and he might have seen a few things. But I don’t think he really knew who I was, or what I was, or what I could do, or what I potentially could do until I got there. And as good as I was after 9 years (of wrestling in other promotions), getting into the Vince world was a completely different thing.”
On John Cena acting in movies: “You talk about Cena, you talk about Batista, Rock or Chris Jericho, we all have that Vince McMahon work ethic. And the other thing is, there are no Prima Donnas in the WWE. You’re expected to do your job, you’re expected to do the press. You’re expected to do whatever it takes to represent the company, and represent yourself. So whenever guys like us come into Hollywood, a guy like John, work ethic-through the roof. Attitude-amazing. Press-‘What do you want me to do? What else can I do to promote this?’ It’s like a dream, a dream performer for the people out here.”
On The Rock’s success in Hollywood: “Just work-ethic. Work-ethic, talent, charisma. And not taking no for an answer. It all boils down to that.”
On The Rock possibly running for U.S. President in 2020: “Absolutely. We live in a world now, I call it ‘The era of the celebrity President’. Started with Obama a little bit, and now with Trump. No previous experience, knows how to work a camera, knows how to be charismatic. That’s what you need to be the President now. We’ve already established that. You don’t have to be a Governor. You don’t even have to be a Senator.”