Chris Jericho on angles with stars on ‘no contact’ list
Christian Cage sat down with his longtime friend Chris Jericho on a recent episode of the Speak is Jericho podcast to talk about his journey to a return to the ring. Cage made an unauthorized match against Randy Orton during Orton’s feud with Edge, and Cage recalled his reaction to the lack of physical things he could do in the match.
“When I went back to do the unauthorized match with Randy last summer, it was one of those things. You’re on the no-contact list,” Cage noted. “So we have to be careful about that. You must pay attention to this. You can’t have that kind of contact, yada yada yada, and I was like, really? Am I so fragile? I feel good. Why is this such a problem? »
Jericho asked Cage if the Orton segment gave him any motivation or inspiration. Cage said that was the case and explained why it gave him some motivation for a return to the ring.
“That was part of it too. I saw the note,” Cage said. “At the time, it was the highest mark they had made since post-WrestleMania BELIEVED. I was like, man, people are really interested in seeing if I was actually going to have a match, and then I was like, ah, so I kind of let them down by not having to have a match. It was a really cool angle, and it served its purpose and did what it was supposed to do for Randy and Edge, but on the other hand, obviously people would be excited if I came back. So, coupled with the other things we talked about earlier, it really made me want to go do that.
Jericho spoke more about WWE’s no-contact roster and noted that older veterans like Sgt. The massacres are over there. He recalled WWE Mick Foley being on the roster and revealed how strict the policy was even on a home show.
“It’s funny to talk about being on the no-contact list, and people who don’t know there’s kind of a list of everyone on the list,” Jericho explained. “And there is the BELIEVED guys here it is Smack down, here is wounded [and] no contact here. And no contact, it’s like Sgt. Slaughter. I remember Mick Foley was there. Once we were at a house show in Rochester. He was the referee and I wanted him to give me the Socko. And they said, he’s on no-contact. He can’t even give me a Socko? No, it’s very strict.
Before Cage signed with AEW, Jon Moxley tried to recruit him publicly noting that he would have more creative freedom in AEW. Cage revealed the advice Moxley shared with him and his reaction.
“I am close friends with you. When I was at your house, we talked a lot about the business, and you talked to me a lot about AEW and your experience is there, and with Tony [Khan], and the young roster and the differences,” Cage recalled. “And Moxley is also a really good friend of mine, and he and I had been talking especially after the To scold. We talked a lot and he was right. He’s a smart guy. He’s a really smart guy.
“He kind of said to me, ‘Hey man, you’ve got all the cards here. You are a free agent. You would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t explore all of your options. Why not at least have a chat with Tony while you can? I was like, you know what, this is the last chapter of my career. I should have the best rig for me at this point. Not just for me, but to help the next generation progress. I don’t know everything, but I feel like I know a lot, and I see different matches than what other people do to put matches together and things like that. Maybe some of that knowledge will also trickle down and give people a different perspective when putting things together.
Cage then revealed his discussions with WWE since he had not signed a contract with WWE even after his retirement. He explained how his negotiation process with WWE and AEW went.
“I had a few talks with WWE, and there was nothing really solid. There were things that lacked creativity and things like that, but nothing set in stone,” Cage said. “I spoke to Bruce [Prichard] a little. I had a few conversations with [Mark] Carano towards the end and very cordial. Everything was fine.
“After having this conversation with Jon, I was sitting down the next day, just to figure it out. I just texted him. I said, you’re right, tell Tony if he wants to talk, I’d like to have a chat with him, and an hour later Tony is texting me. And the next day we got online and we talked for two hours.
Cage said he and Khan talked about how Cage would be used in AEW as well as Cage’s goals for his return. He said they spoke later and revealed when Khan called him to set up his AEW deal.
“We talked again on a Saturday afternoon,” Cage recalled. “We had a conversation, then he’s [like], ‘I’ll email you something later.’ I was like, okay, and then midnight, I’m about to go to bed. Midnight, my phone rings, and it’s Tony. And I respond, and he’s like, ‘Hey, man, you just wanna talk. I want you here. Do you want to be here?’ I was like, yes, I do. Let’s do something then, and we just sat there on the phone, and we hammered and went to bed and it was done.
Jericho will appear on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions podcast tonight on the WWE Network following WrestleMania 37. Wrestling Inc. will have live coverage of the interview.
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