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EXCLUSIVE: Colleague of Chris Jericho says Jericho "didn't get it" when he first came to WWE, plus explains WWE's "Main Event style"

Oct 3, 2012 - 2:11:18 PM
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By PWTorch Staff

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Chris Jericho is currently one of the most-tenured and experienced wrestlers associated with WWE, but there was a time when his colleagues felt he "didn't get it" when it came to WWE style of wrestling matches.

In an October 2002 Torch Talk with PWTorch editor Wade Keller, Sean Waltman talked about Jericho struggling with WWE's style after coming over from WCW in 1999. In the process, Waltman put into words WWE's "Main Event style" that is often talked about by top WWE executives.

"It's almost hard to explain it. It's just doing things and... You have to be able to know what the people want or how they're going to react to certain things at a certain time. When Chris Jericho came to the WWF, he didn't get it yet. He didn't even realize that he didn't get it, and it was very frustrating for him at the time. He had a hard time when he got there," Waltman said in the 2002 Torch Talk interview.

"I worked with him (Jericho). And it felt really good one day when he came and thanked me. I know he doesn't go on the internet and go, 'Oh, thanks to Sean Waltman for doing this or that.' I don't want him to, I don't care. He pulled me aside one day after he had a f---ing awesome match with somebody and said, 'I want to thank you for what you did to help me learn how to do things.' I'm not the only one who helped him, and he helped me too in a lot of ways."

Waltman also detailed how Jericho had to stop doing certain things and start doing other things to better fit the "Main Event style."

"Part of it was, just using Chris as an example, where he placed his signature offense. Building a match from beginning to end, like a song or like a rollercoaster ride, it's the flow of the sequence of moves. Even if you're not talking about moves, but just punches and stomps and kicks and chops and everything, has to flow forward smoothly," Waltman said.

"If something is done in the wrong place, it's like going on that smooth ride and then all of a sudden hitting a pothole or a part in the ride that just jerks you backward all of a sudden. When something isn't done in the right place, subconsciously the fan is taken out of the match. You'll hear the bottom fall out of the crowd if a move is done in the wrong spot or if something is not done at a certain time and should be."

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