Chris Jericho talks about Stadium Stampede

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Chris Jericho talks about Stadium Stampede

Chris Jericho is a seven-time world champion, having once held the WWF Championship and the AEW World Championship, twice the WCW Championship and three times the World Heavyweight Championship; he is also a nine-time Intercontinental Champion (realm record) and the two-time United States Champion, making him one of four wrestlers to complete the Grand Slam with both the old (fourth) and new (seventh) formats.

Outside of wrestling, in 1999 Jericho formed the rock band of Fozzy, of which he is a singer and frontman. In 2011 he competed in the twelfth season of Dancing With the Stars, being eliminated in the sixth week.

Chris Jericho on Stadium Stampede

During a long interview with Sports Illustrated, the Canadian superstar talked about Stadium Stampede: “That wasn’t so much a match as it was a short film.

We wanted to make a spectacle. We knew that, and we wanted to go all the way with that. In terms of criticism, I heard what Jim Cornette said and it really disappointed me. I’ve known Jim for 25 years, and now he doesn’t want to be friends with me because he didn’t like my match? That’s a very myopic statement.

If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. It’s that simple. Don’t say you to don’t want to be my friend anymore because you didn’t like it. I was really disappointed to hear that. Wrestling has always had this element of humor to it.

When I was growing up, I loved Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant, but I also loved Corporal Kirchner taking his zipline down into the middle of a pool and dropping into it. It’s entertainment all across the board, and that’s what we wanted to do with the Stadium Stampede match."

Chris Jericho, then, said, "When we walked out on the field that Thursday, we had a completely empty football field with tens of thousands of empty seats, and that was it. We needed to be creative about what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go.

We found the pool, the bar, then we asked for a mascot and cheerleaders. When we were filming, there was a huge thunderstorm at 3 a.m. that stopped us from filming for an hour."