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Ryback Explains Why He Didn’t Like Chris Jericho vs. Darby Allin For The AEW World Title


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Old School Wrestling Legend “Superstar” Bill Dundee (Real name: William Cruickshanks) turns 76 today.

Bill Dundee wrestled for various territories, but for most of his career he worked for the Memphis territory during all its name changes: NWA Mid-America, CWA Continental Wrestling Association, USWA United States Wrestling Association, Memphis Power Pro Wrestling, …

During the early 90s, he also served as “Lord” Steven Regal’s manager “Sir” William in Ted Turner’s WCW World Championship Wrestling.

He’s the father of former WWF/ECW/WCW Tag Team Wrestler J.C. Ice (Jamie Dundee) of the Tag Team ‘PG-13’.


• Ryback Explains Why He Didn’t Like Chris Jericho vs. Darby Allin For The AEW World Title

During a recent edition of Conversations With The Big Guy podcast, former WWE wrestler Ryback talked about AEW Dynamite’s viewership, Chris Jericho vs. Darby Allin for the AEW World Title & more.

Below are the highlights:

On AEW Dynamite’s viewership:

“I think it’s too early to say with AEW if that 1 million mark is going to hold or if it is going to rise. I think it’s so early, so I think it is really going to be decided on their storylines, and talent development, and the product they put out.

I will say this so far: I love AEW and the vibe they are putting out, and the excitement from the crowds. I haven’t watched NXT outside of flipping over last week really quick during a commercial, but then went back to AEW. I’ve been watching that because from my standpoint, I am more interested in what they are doing and watching some of these things.

They are putting storylines in place, and putting in some things and laying the ground work. It’s going to take time in doing this.”

On Chris Jericho vs. Darby Allin for the AEW World Championship:

“I didn’t like the main event. I love Chris Jericho. I think this is just me. I don’t know what the ratings were for the main event but I think to me Darby Allin is really talented. I think it was such a mismatch appearance-wise that I thought Jericho was wrestling a little kid to me.

And I’m looking at it from a standpoint of how people look at wrestling who are tuning in. Again, the match was great. Everything was good, but you can tell watching it – to me, we know it’s entertainment but it didn’t appear believable.

Chris Jericho is a big guy, he’s a thick guy, so to me, I felt like I was watching Chris Jericho play wrestler against a little kid. I’ve seen Jericho be more intense and vicious; Chris Jericho is a tough mother f**ker and I just didn’t feel like I was watching a Monday Night RAW or a Monday Nitro big-time main event on that, even though Chris Jericho is a big-time main event.

Again, you do make stars by bringing Darby in there with a guy like Chris Jericho, but Darby hasn’t been built enough in my opinion to have that kind of match with Chris psychology-wise.

Darby hasn’t been built up as a credible threat for a World Championship match in my opinion from a fake storyline perspective to suspend your disbelief with that kind of match with Chris.

Chris having his arms tied behind his back took everything he had to defeat Darby Allen who is, at this point, in the game. The equity on him isn’t anything in pro wrestling where it will be in time.”

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