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Chris Jericho Says WWE Resists Pushing Talent If They Get Over On Their Own

Chris Jericho WWF Undisputed Champion 2001 2002

• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (May 28, 1995) – WWF Action Zone 1995

On this day in 1995, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Action Zone’.

This episode featured matches, highlight videos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF King of the Ring 1995’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

The Allied Powers vs. Roy Raymond/Louis Morales

Highlights Of What Happened Between Bret Hart And Jerry Lawler (From Raw)

Kama vs. Bill Weaver

King Of The Ring Report: Interview w/ Diesel And Bam Bam Bigelow (From Superstars)

Adam Bomb vs. Gus Kantarrakis

Promo By Mr. Backlund

Henry Godwinn vs. John Crystal

Savio Vega vs. Eli Blu

A Vignette On The Body Donnas

Rad Radford vs. Mike Khoury

Promo By The Blu Brothers And Uncle Zebekiah

• Chris Jericho Says WWE Resists Pushing Talent If They Get Over On Their Own

Former WWE wrestlers Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins were recent guests on the Talk Is Jericho podcast. Ryder and Hawkins discussed their WWE runs, and how there were many obstacles for them backstage.

Ryder and Hawkins noted how the “Long Island Iced Z” was over back in the day, but WWE didn’t support him.

At one point, the whole Madison Square Garden was chanting Ryder’s name, and Triple H called Ryder to ask him why he had dyed his hair before the show. He thought that The Game wanted to congratulate him, but he was a bit upset over him dying his hair.

Chris Jericho noted that WWE is hesitant to push a wrestler if he/she gets over with the fans on their own:

“There is a strange resentment where, if Vince doesn’t think of it, it’s not valid or real. The same thing happened with Daniel Bryan when he first came in. He got over because he knows how to get over, but they resisted it for so long until they didn’t have a choice. I feel the same thing happened with Zack Ryder.”

        
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