Two non-WWE events have been making quite the buzz lately and it’s no surprise because they’re by some of the biggest names in the business today. One is Cody Rhodes and Young Bucks’ brainchild ALL IN and the other is Chris Jericho’s Rock and Wrestling cruise. Both these events will feature a plethora of non-WWE Superstars who are the flagbearers of their respective promotions.
Jericho was recently a guest on the Jim Ross Report where he talked about some of the most talked about topics related to his career and his cruise. Jericho revealed the details of WWE’s rejection of his cruise idea and how he got ROH on-board. He also briefed up about his relationship with NJPW, where he is the current Intercontinental Champion.
h/t wrestlinginc.com for transcript
I did offer this to WWE at first. My vision at first was to do NXT, but pretty much knowing that they’d probably say, ‘no’ because we know if Vince [McMahon] wants to do a cruise, he doesn’t need Chris Jericho to do a cruise, he’ll do it himself. But, I wanted at least to do my due diligence and give them the offer and the courtesy, which I did. And then, when it came back that they decided not to go for it, I think Ring Of Honor agreed 10 minutes later.
It’s interesting because it’s a lot easier than I expected and I think a lot of it is because I’m in New Japan now. And, once again, [Ross] know[s] me, and I’m always thinking. And don’t think that wasn’t one of the ideas I had when I decided to sign with New Japan. Yes, it was a big match, Jericho versus [Kenny] Omega, but also, now I can get close to these guys and see, kind of, what they’re all about. Alpha Club versus Bullet Club never would have happened if I wasn’t working in New Japan and my relationship with The Young Bucks, and with Kenny Omega, and, of course, with Cody who I’ve known for years