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Old 04 Jun 2003, 06:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Chris Jericho/Bill Goldberg match at Bad Blood is one of the most anticipated matches of the year. Since Goldberg's arrival to WWE, Internet fans have been begging for this match to finally take place. Why? Because they know that the story revolving around this encounter started well before Goldberg signed a WWE contract. Below is the full story about "The war before THE WAR!" straight from Chris Jericho's mouth.

WWE.com: What you said on RAW about Goldberg not wanting to work with you in WCW was actually a true story, wasnít it?

Jericho: It was a true story as far as an angle that we had that we never actually worked. I donít know so much if he didnít want to work with me, but it didnít happen. I donít know why, but it didnít. We had probably about a month-and-a-half or two-month angle that culminated with him spearing me on the ramp way at Nassau Coliseum. It never culminated in a match. Thisíll be the first time that we have that.

WWE.com: Youíve never wrestled him one on one?

Jericho: No. Iíve never wrestled him ever. One on one, tag team, whatever it was. I wanted to wrestle him. We started this angle (in WCW) on a whim, as kind of like a joke, and it became something that people wanted to see. I was calling him ďGreenbergĒ at the time, because he was just starting out. And I always claimed victories over him whenever I escaped. It got to the point where I would always have a shirt that said, ďJericho 1, Greenberg 0.Ē And then when I ďbeatĒ him again, it would be ďJericho 2, Greenberg 0Ē and then ďJericho 3, Greenberg 0.Ē People had signs in the crowd counting along with me. People wanted to see him kick my ass, and thatís what I wanted him to do. This was when he was in the middle of his winning streak, and the office wanted to end this in a two-minute squash match, as we call them, with him just spearing me and jackhammering me. I refused to do it because people wanted to see this match, and they were going to pay for it. I wanted to have a match on a pay-per-view, and he could kick the s*** out of me in a minute if thatís what they wanted, but at least people would be paying to see it Ė not seeing it on free TV as just another guy that was part of his streak. It was never a problem with losing to Bill Ė in being speared and jackhammered Ė thatís what I wanted to do. But I wanted people to pay to see it, because I knew that they would, because I could tell by the reactions we were getting doing this angle. And that was basically one of the reasons why I left WCW. Actually, that was the catalyst for me to leave because I realized if they werenít going to go with that, they were never going to go with anything that I had. Because that was a hot angle that people were into. If they werenít going to go with it, it was probably best for me just to move on._

WWE.com: How does it feel to get in the ring with him now?

Jericho: Itís cool. We basically have to start from scratch. Unless youíre a diehard wrestling fan, you wouldnít remember the Greenberg stuff Ė the Goldberg-Jericho stuff from before. For people who remember that, thatís where Ralphus came from. The idea was a spoof on Goldbergís security guards that he used to have come to the ring with him. And I had this fat, out-of-shape guy with bad teeth taking me to the ring, with ďJericho Personal SecurityĒ written on his half-shirt. But like I said, long-term wrestling fans will remember it (and) maybe Internet fans will remember it. But for the majority of wrestling fans, we have to start from scratch again. But they know the Chris Jericho character. They know what Iím all about. They might not know Bill too well, but I know what he does, and I know what he does best. Weíre trying to put together this program so that the same thing will happen Ė people will want to see him kick my ass, and theyíll pay to see it. I think that weíll be able to do that. It already started on a good note the last couple of weeks.

WWE.com: Do you remember when you first met Goldberg? What was your impression?_

Jericho: We used to do tapings down at Disney. There were so many big guys they just had hanging around in WCW that were training at the Power Plant. So I didnít know. He was just another big guy to me. I remember the first day. I think he worked against Chavo Guerrero. And Chavo lost the match. And I was like, ďWhy would they have Chavo lose to just another big, green guy?Ē And then I saw the intensity that he had and what he had going for him. Soon after that, they started the whole streak angle and really capitalized on it. One of WCWís shining moments was the creation of Bill Goldberg as a character. Because people were into him huge. And they still are now. But when he first came out, it was a magical thing. When I first met him, I thought he was a pretty good guy. I remember we went to a hockey game in Boston one time. We werenít the best of buds, but we were acquaintances. Friendly to each other. Things just kind of changed after that whole thing with the angle. I think some people were in his ear telling him that I didnít want to lose to him, and all this stuff. And that was never the case. Like I said, I just wanted to do business and make some money together. Weíve had our differences, which culminated early in his WWE tenure, and we kind of straightened those things out. Because we basically knew that weíd end up working together, because the dynamic is very good between us. I know Iíll be able to have a good match with Bill, and I think Bill knows that as well. We can make some money together. Like I said, weíve had our differences, and there was legitimate conflict between the two of us, and there very well may be to this day animosity between us and deep-seated hard feelings. But it doesnít matter to either one of us because weíre both out there to make some money together. And if we go out there and beat the hell out of each other in the ring, itís just going to be better for the fans. Weíre not out there to break bread together and clink a glass of beer together. Weíre out there to beat each otherís ass and make money, and thatís whatís going to happen.

WWE.com: Does Goldberg deserve any blame for the problems that WCW had towards the end?

Jericho: I donít think he does. Bill pretty much just did what he was told to do. Turning Goldberg heel was a dumb idea, but he went with it, to his credit. He was just trying to follow the company plan. I donít place any blame on Goldberg as far as the demise of WCW because Bill hadnít been in the business enough to really get a hint of what goes on. Right from the start, people were trying to manipulate their way into being the first guy to beat Goldberg, or salivating at the prospect of beating up Goldberg. A lot of guys were seeing him as just another business steppingstone, rather than as a guy who could make some huge bucks for everybody. There are a lot of sharks in the business, and there are a lot of people who are out just for themselves, who wanted to lead Bill down the wrong direction. And he didnít know any better, nor should he have known any better, because he was just starting out in the business. I think now, five years later, he knows what the deal is. Thatís the difference between just starting out and a guy whoís been around for a while. (Inexperienced guys) donít know who your friends are. Thatís the wrestling business.

WWE.com: When Goldberg first came in to WWE, you mentioned that you were excited to have him here. Were you just being politically correct?

Jericho: No. If I didnít want him here, Iíd say so. Iíd say, ďItís a bad idea to have him here.Ē But I was excited for the business prospects. I think he was the last free agent out there who could come in and make a difference. I think a lot of people who watch our show maybe didnít know about Goldberg. A lot of WCW fans didnít switch over to WWE when WCW closed. We have to introduce his character, and we have to show people what makes this guy different from everybody else. I think we can make some good money with Bill, which is going to make good money for me. Thatís why I was excited to have him here, not (because I was being) politically correct. From a pure business standpoint, itís great to have him here. And from a pure business standpoint, itís great for me to have him here because itís another person for me to work with, another person for me to have conflict with and have a good storyline with. So, selfishly, Iím glad to have him here as well.

WWE.com: The much-talked-about backstage altercation between the two of you a few months ago: How did it start? How did it end?

Jericho: Well, I donít think we really need to get into all of that because itís between Bill and me, and nobody else. People know or heard what happened, and thatís fine. Itís something that had to happen between the two of us for us to be able to co-exist in the locker room. There had to be that critical mass, that blow off. It went off the way it did. I think both of us are happy that it went down because now we can get on with our lives business-wise and personally. Things happen sometimes that work out for the best. If I had to go back in time and do it again, I would have done the same thing because, like I said, it was something that had to happen for the two of us to co-exist in this company.

WWE.com: If there is tension between the two of you, is it going to affect your performance at Bad Blood?

Jericho: Hell no. Itís going to add to it. Any tension that there is between us thatís legitimate, if people can smell that, itís good. Theyíre going to respond to that, and theyíre going to get into our storyline more. At Bad Blood, I intend to steal the show, both physically with the match, and anticipation-wise, as far as people looking forward to this match more than any of the other ones on the show. If thereís some real-life animosity there, thatís good for business. Itís nothing where we want to kill each other, but if thereís some bad blood Ė no pun intended Ė between the two of us, that just makes it better. Thatís always been the way in WWE and in the wrestling business. I mean, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were never the best of friends, but they always had great matches. People could see that there was some real dislike between the two of them. Anything that people can sniff that makes it different than the norm Ė different than just a wrestling angle Ė itís good for business. And itís good (to build) the fansí anticipation for what weíre going to do.

WWE.com: What happens after this match if you lose? Does that set Chris Jericho back?

Jericho: Absolutely not. Iím bulletproof. Nothing can hurt me because I always go out there, nine times out of 10, and steal the show. People know that they can always count on me to entertain them. Whether they love me or hate me, I could care less, as long as they know theyíll be entertained by what Iím doing. Iím far beyond the point of wins and losses affecting me. I think I proved that two years ago Ė you can go to the archives Ė when I lost seven consecutive pay-per-views as a babyface and was still the second most popular babyface on the roster, besides The Rock. And besides, Iím going to win anyways. But nothing can hurt me. Iím too good and Iím too entertaining.
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Jericho: Itís cool. We basically have to start from scratch. Unless youíre a diehard wrestling fan, you wouldnít remember the Greenberg stuff Ė the Goldberg-Jericho stuff from before. For people who remember that, thatís where Ralphus came from. The idea was a spoof on Goldbergís security guards that he used to have come to the ring with him

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Y2J should have done the same "Greenberg" type of gimmick making fun of Goldberg but this type he could bring out Gillberg.
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That's a very interesting article... It sounds pretty candid - Jericho repeatedly mentions making $ and toward the end of the article he mentions being "bulletproof". I wonder if that's his real attitude or if it's just part of the act...
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I remember Chris. I remember.
LMAO, I remember the Greenberg and Ralphus stuff too. At the time I didn't know what he meant by Greenberg (I Was just getting back into wrestling), but I do and it makes it that much more classic.


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Y2J should have done the same "Greenberg" type of gimmick making fun of Goldberg but this type he could bring out Gillberg.
How is he going to call him Greenberg now? Goldberg isn't 'green' anymore. He knows the business pretty well. I just don't think that type of angle would work....
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