Chris Jericho says The Ultimate Warrior was a legendary guy. He is a semi retired professional Wrestler and he gives much praise to the late WWE Hall of Fame star giving him that description, as he was deserving of being recognized for his truly great wrestling career before his tragic death, April, 8, 2014. Jericho says that he had given him a confidence boost at the beginning of his career. the Fozzy vocalist still competes for WWE, but is is only part time. He says he felt shocked for when the legendary wrestler death came just days before he was to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Jericho and the Warrior met when he first started out his career, never forgetting those words he was told. The forty three year old was a truly big fan of the Warrior, he died from a heart attack. Speaking to BANG Showbiz, Jericho said:
”I only treat people the way that they treat me and I only met Warrior once and he was really gracious and really cool to me back in 1998 in WCW. He was there to do something with Hulk Hogan and I remember I went up to say hi to him and he went, ‘Hey, Chris Jericho, I know you, you’re doing a great job you’re doing some good work.’ I was a nobody at the time and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, the Warrior likes me that totally smokes.’ It made me feel that I must be doing something right and it gave me a little bit of a boost and I always remembered that … He’s definitely a legendary guy that deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, I’m glad he got to go in when he was still alive.”
”As a fan in the late 80s when Warrior came out, he had this energy, this intensity and his look; he was like a heavy metal guy – or he came across that way – and so was I, so I liked that.
”I always respected him as a performer, some of his matches were pretty quick I remember he came in the Winnipeg arena once and beat Andre the Giant in 30 seconds, at the time I was like, ‘What a rip off! That sucks.’ But I remember WrestleMania VI where he had a classic with Hulk Hogan, much like a lot of guys from that time period he had good matches when he had the right opponent.”
Jericho will be coming to the UK for two Q&A shows at the Leicester Square Theatre in London on June 12 and June 15 (Psievents.eventbrite.co.uk), another thing he will be playing at Download Festival with his heavy metal band Fozzy. He said:
”I’m so excited about coming to the UK on a lot of different levels; I’ve got a couple of spoken word shows and then right in the middle I’m playing the main stage at Download with Fozzy, it’s going to be a good week for Chris Jericho for sure.”