Chris Jericho divulges that no matter what you’ve done before if you don’t impress Vince McMahon when you arrive in WWE then you won’t make it.
It might sound like a strange thing to say but the world of professional wrestling is becoming a much smaller place. When we say that we don’t mean that less people are watching or that it is an industry that is dying out, we mean that different promotions and wrestlers no matter where they are in the world are now much more accessible and feel a lot closer together.
We have seen that in WWE more so than anywhere else recently. There was a time not so long ago when Vince McMahon wouldn’t even acknowledge Impact Wrestling’s existence let alone hire their talent and make them WWE Champion. Plus, more and more New Japan stars are showing up in WWE and even a version of the Bullet Club currently wrestling on Raw.
Despite all of that, there is one thing that remains the same as Chris Jericho pointed out while on The Steve Austin Show recently. No matter what you’ve done elsewhere you still need to win over McMahon if and when you arrive in WWE.
“Your job when you get to the WWE is to basically start from scratch and show Vince what you can do and if you get over with him, you’ll get a chance to get over,” Y2J explained.
If anyone knows what they’re talking about when it comes to this topic then it’s Chris Jericho. When Y2J arrived in WWE in 1999 he was already wrestling for a number of years in Japan, ECW and his new employer’s arch-rivals WCW. None of that mattered though and despite making an explosive debut, in the months that followed he had to prove that he warranted a place in the WWE locker room.
Since his debut in 1999, Jericho has proved tenfold that he deserves a place on the WWE roster and unquestionably one day will be inducted into their Hall of Fame. Having someone who knows the importance of teaching new signings that what they have done before doesn’t matter is very important. It’s likely why Y2J requested to work with stars like Finn Balor and Kevin Owens as soon as they walked through the door so that he could help them adapt.
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