Russo is joined on today’s show by Big Vito.
Russo opens today’s show by commenting on the Wrestle Kingdom 12 match between Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega. He was watching NFL football on Sunday night but he switched to AXS TV’s presentation of WrestleKingdom 12 during the commercial breaks. He couldn’t believe how long the Jericho/Omega match went, and he thinks Jericho deserves a lot of respect for the effort he put into this match.
He says that he’s known Jericho for a long time, and he’s been friends with him for as long as he can remember. Watching him work a 30-minute match at age 47 was an unbelievable experience for Russo. This match had a a “No DQ” stipulation and that was necessary in Russo’s opinion, because Jericho simply can’t work like he did when he was 27. However, it’s “borderline freakish” that Jericho can still do what he does at his age.
Vito points out that you can’t teach heart, and there was a sense of pride involved here from Jericho’s perspective. It takes incredible work ethic to get up every day and go to the gym, especially as you get older. He’s sure that Jericho will step away when he reaches a point where he doesn’t feel as confident in the ring as he has in the past.
The thing that Russo really loved about Jericho heading to Japan for this match, is that he truly did it out of his love for the business. Jericho didn’t do it for the money because he doesn’t need more money. He did it because it was a new way for him to express his creativity and he knew he could do something cool with this.