Chris Jericho Talks About His ‘DWTS’ Experience, His WWE Return, Greatest Rivalry

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Former WWE Undisputed Champion and Dancing with the Stars contestant Chris Jericho appeared on the Right After Wrestling radio program Monday night, and Arda Ocal sent in the following highlights of the interview:

The entire Dancing With the Stars experience and how it compared to other aspects of his life/career: “I think I shocked a lot of people, in charge. You have to be light on your feet and kinda be up & down really fast. And I was very light on my feet, which you need to be in wrestling. Also things like balance and weight distribution and things like that. Also hearing music and holding a beat in my head. There were a lot of things that helped but also a lot of things that hindered me. Wrestling is something where you’re very compact. You’re very drawn in – as far as your body. You don’t want anybody to fall on you. In dancing, it’s very wide open and your doing a lot of things and poses – that you generally wouldn’t do, in wrestling – or in life, in general. So I had to re-train my body – and do things in more a dancing kind of way.”

Fozzy is doing well and touring – but how does that effect his return to the WWE?: “I don’t really know where the pressure is coming from. I hear people asking when I’m coming back and I never said if or when I was coming back. And I’m not sure when that will be. My contract ended in September and Dancing with the Stars was coming up and I saw that Fozzy had a lot of tour dates coming up too. It may make a lot of wrestling fans unhappy, but it’s making a lot of music fans happy – now that we’re touring so much. Fozzy has it’s largest fanbase now – more than ever. And with Fozzy, after all these years is gaining more momentum and now we’re playing with bands like Metallica and Anthrax and Slipknot and I think people should understand why we’re touring and should be proud of me for that.”

What Chris thought was his greatest angle/rivalry and why?: “The angle with HBK in 2008. It was the best angle I was ever in. And I think it was one of the best angles ever. I think they should put out a DVD on that angle just as a textbook of how to put out a really entertaining angle because it was so organic. It was never supposed to be anything more than a one-match thing. I was supposed to turn on Shawn in a match that I was guest-refereeing against Batista. And one thing led to another and 8 months later, we’re fighting for the World title – after one of the greatest angles ever. And it was because the realism of it. It was 2 guys who have great chemistry both in the ring and out – and we had great ideas. It was a really cool angle because sometimes people go ‘real wrestling is show-business’ but there is something about this – where these guys aren’t faking it, there’s something real about this and it took a life of it’s own”

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