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Chris Jericho on who came up with the idea of the List, Vince McMahon’s reaction on ‘Stupid idiot’

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Chris Jericho recently appeared on the Bailey And Southside radio show where he talked about his recent WWE run and more. Below are some of the highlights from his latest interview:

Talking about the origin of the List Of Jericho, the former World Champion revealed that a WWE writer came up with the idea of it who previously used to be a pro wrestler:

“Working with this guys who’s a writer in the WWE named Jimmy Jacobs. He used to be a [pro] wrestler. He came up to me one day and said, ‘what if we do something where you put somebody on this list?'”

Continuing on the topic, Jericho talked about the success of this idea and claimed that the List is more over than 85% of the WWE roster, including himself:

“The whole concept of The List went through the roof. The List is more popular than 85% of the guys on the show. The List is more popular than I am! And you just never know what’s going to make an impression with fans.”

Chris also talked about his famous catchphrase ‘Stupid Idiot’ and revealed the Boss Vince McMahon’s reaction to it:

“They’re chanting it now, ‘stupid idiot’ and I remember when I started saying that, Vince was like, ‘nobody could say this, nobody can get away with this, but you can. You’re the only guy in the world who could do this'”

Chris Jericho is currently scheduled to return to WWE for a number of WWE Live Events later this month, though he is not expected to return to WWE TV anytime soon.


  • CC

    Its all about the delivery and not being afraid to let the gimmick be bigger than you.
    The thing about both of these gimmicks is that neither was purely used to get pops.
    Same with “It!” … one word used at the right time, by the right person, and it got over hugely.

    The only sad thing is that its done now, and if he returns, all of these gimmicks will probably be gone.

  • Darrin Tyler

    XD I said the same thing. Nobody else could have pulled it off. Same with “the list” it was perfect for his character.