→ Vince Russo Talks Original Plans For Chris Jericho’s WWE Debut

It goes without saying that Chris was over in the WWE from the start—however—what many people don’t know is that when Ed Ferrara and myself wrote our last WWE show, which was delivered to Vince before we made the decision to go to WCW, we had Jericho defeating “The Rock” in the middle 1-2-3, which Ed and I felt would have almost immediately brought Jericho to a new level, without hurting “The Rock” in doing the job. Unfortunately, once we said our goodbyes to Vince, the finish of the match was changed and Rock beat Chris Jericho. For there, I felt that it took the WWE much longer to get Jericho to that next level–compared to if he would have beaten Rock that night.

Jericho was always my favorite wrestler, despite never getting the super push that I thought he deserved. It’s always disappointing to hear a story like this that Vince McMahon made (what I consider) is a dumb decision that negatively impacted such a great talent’s career. (I say “negatively impacted” despite Jericho still being super successful. I just think he could have been one of the best of all time.)