The origins of Chris Jericho’s ‘List of Jericho’ during his run in WWE have been revealed and it turns it’s pretty close to reality.
The list was compiled by Jericho as a way of cataloguing anything that was a trivial (or not so trivial) annoyance.
Places, people and things could all make the list and was first introduced in 2016 on WWE Raw.
Former WWE writer Jimmy Jacobs reflected on the real-world origins of the list during an appearance on McGuire on Wrestling, saying:
“We were in Memphis and Jericho was going to come out and air his grievances against Mick Foley. I thought, ‘He should have a list of grievances, like a physical list.’ I thought about, in real life, Steve Corino has the Corino Sh*t List. The people who, in his life and in his career, they make his list and they are dead to him.
“I thought, ‘What if Jericho has the same sort of thing, except he’s super petty and puts all sorts of people on it for all different reasons.’
Jacobs would explore the point at which he knew that the idea was a good one, revealing:
“Once I came up with that, I knew it was a good idea because I started having more ideas on top of it. That’s when you know you have a good idea, when you’re in a creative room and someone pitches something and a bunch of people start piling on, you know you have something with some legs.
“I came up with what I thought was good, I pitched it to Chris, and he was like, ‘So, you’re talking about doing this for more than just tonight?’ ‘Yeah, this could be your thing. You’ve been doing the gift of Jericho, drinking it in. This can be like the List of Jericho.’
“He got it right away and added on to it and added the big clipboard and the way he would deliver the click of the pen. He really brought it to life.
“It was a fun time getting a thing that hit the bullseye. For a while, that would get the biggest reactions on Raw, when Chris Jericho would put your name on the list. That’s what you build to.”
He would go on to describe how the popularity of the list at the end of house shows, concluding:
“For me, it was when Chris had to turn babyface, because he had to turn babyface, and they would end the house shows with him putting the city on the list.
“That, to me, was ‘we made it.’ You always send the people home with the biggest pop. It’s not enough to get the one, two, three.
“After the match, you cut the promo, ‘You know what happens Phoenix? You know what happens when you’re a great crowd? You just made the list.’ That was a big deal for me.”
The List of Jericho would remain a regular feature until the Festival of Friendship on the February 13 episode of WWE Raw where Kevin Owens reveal his own list and unleash a beatdown on his former friend, footage of which can be seen below this news story.
The then WWE Raw Champion Kevin Owens is currently one half of the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions with Sami Zayn.
Here are results from the May 15 episode of WWE Raw:
Shinsuke Nakamura def. The Miz
It was announced Liv Morgan had suffered an injury and the scheduled Women’s Tag Team Championship match was cancelled
Mustafa Ali won a battle royal to become #1 contender for Gunther’s Intercontinental Championship at Night of Champions
Becky Lynch returned and cut a promo on Trish Stratus, challenging her to a match at Night of Champions
Dominik Mysterio def. Xavier Woods
As JD McDonagh left the arena after an interview, there was a tease of Finn Balor scouting him to recruit him for Judgment Day
Indus Sher (Sanga & Veer) def. two jobbers
Cody Rhodes promo on Brock Lesnar ahead of their Night of Champions match
Raquel Rodriguez def. Chelsea Green
Judgment Day (Finn Balor & Damian Priest) def. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn after interference from Imperium, which had been instigated by Paul Heyman doing deals with Judgment Day and Imperium earlier in the night
Transcript from Fightful.
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