• Chris Jericho Reveals The Viewership For His Deathmatch
Old School WWF Legend Chris Jericho was recently interviewed by ‘Inside The Ropes’, where he talked about his No Rules match against Hardcore Indy Wrestling veteran Nick Gage, who got famous after being featured on a season 3 episode of Dark Side of the Ring.
This AEW Dynamite match was basically a deathmatch, despite being referred to on television as a ‘No Rules’ match.
Here’s what Y2J had to say:
“Well, I’m not being egotistical when I say, ‘Of course it was my idea and of course I was fine with it’ because I thought of it. I booked the whole match as well. You never thought you’d see Chris Jericho in that type of match, maybe not on TNT, but why wouldn’t you see Chris Jericho in that type of match? Because I’ve done every other match!
You know, go back to the book. I had the first ever barbed wire match in Canadian history in 1993 against Beef Wellington and did the the thumbtack bump with Moxley in the Ambrose Asylum Match and all that type of stuff.
If the story fits, I’ll do it, because it is all about storytelling. Obviously it’s not something I would want to do every night or probably will ever do again but when you’re talking about the story that we’re telling, it was perfect for it.
And I think that match was a classic in its genre. I think it might even be the most-watched deathmatch of all time in the fact that we had 1.2 million people watching it. Show me another deathmatch that had that type of viewership.
So it really did do what we wanted it to do, which was kind of extend this storyline and create a stir, and create a buzz. So like I said, was it was something that I would ever volunteer to do again? Probably not. But was it something that completely was 1000 percent approved and basically thought of by me? Well, guilty as charged.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (August 9, 1997) – WCW Saturday Night
On this day in 1997, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Saturday Night’.
This episode featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW Road Wild 1997’ PPV, which took place later on the same day.
The match-card of the show can be found here:
High Voltage vs. Harlem Heat
Joe Gomez vs. Dave Taylor
Villano IV & Villano V vs. Chris Benoit & Steve McMichael
Billy Kidman vs. Syxx
Psychosis vs. Konnan
Bobby Eaton vs. Curt Hennig
Vincent vs. “Diamond” Dallas Page
Scotty Riggs vs. “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright