Jericho is joined on today’s show by his friend, Jack Slade.
Jericho informs that his wrestling name was almost Jack when he started at first. He was going to be called Jack Action, and one day he was practicing his autograph and Lance Storm saw it and told him it was a terrible name.
Jericho informs that he’s been practically banned from WWE at this point. He wanted to get a few WWE superstars on his podcast to promote WrestleMania but was told from a high-up person in the company that it wasn’t appropriate now that he’s signed with AEW.
Before getting into his WrestleMania predictions, Jericho shares his thoughts on some of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees. He thinks Honky Tonk Man and Brutus the Barber Beefcake are worthy inductees.
He notes that while Torrie Wilson isn’t undeserving of her induction, she came from a “bra & panties” era of women’s wrestling when the main event was never an option for women. He thinks women inductees will be easier and easier for WWE to identify in the future as women like Rousey, Lynch and Charlotte break down boundaries and solidify themselves as bonafide Hall of Famers.
He thinks DX’s induction is a no-brainer, adding that this allows WWE to induct Chyna without focusing on her personal issues towards the end of her life. He’s also happy to see X-Pac get inducted because he thinks X-Pac was a pioneer as one of the first smaller wrestlers to get a push and defeat bigger guys.
Getting into his WrestleMania predictions, Jericho thinks Lacey Evans will emerge victorious from the Women’s Battle Royal. However, he notes that Asuka and Mandy Rose might have something that say about that. Slade thinks Ruby Riott will win this match.
With all the buildup towards the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, Jericho assumed we’d see Braun Strowman on SNL considering how much television time Michael Che and Colin Jost have had on WWE programming. Unfortunately that hasn’t happened yet and Jericho hates that. He thinks this type of agreement should benefit both sides. He thinks Strowman will win the Battle Royal, but if that doesn’t happen for some reason he could envision Ali winning here.
Jericho thinks some people simply work too hard to get along with others, and he thinks that might be the case with Kurt Angle in WWE right now. If Jericho was talked into having his retirement match at WrestleMania he says there’s no way he’d be facing Baron Corbin.
He doesn’t mean that as a knock on Corbin, but Angle is a legend in the business and deserves better here. We’ve seen in the past with matches like Flair vs. Shawn Michaels, that retiring legends can have memorable matches with another performer of equal status. He doesn’t see WWE swerving us at the last minute here, and he predicts Angle will win in a quick match that will be followed by an in-ring celebration.
Jericho thinks Shane McMahon will crash and burn at some point during his Falls Count Anywhere match against The Miz. For this reason, he thinks Miz will win here.
Jericho thinks “The Boss & Hug Connection” is the worst tag team name ever. However, he thinks they’ll retain their Titles at WrestleMania because a lot of other Titles will be changing hands.
Jericho is looking forward to the Rey Mysterio/Samoa Joe match, but he’d like it to go 15-20 minutes and he doesn’t see that happening. There are a lot of matches on this show and he wonders how much time some of the undercard matches will get. He’s just waiting for WWE to really pull the trigger with Samoa Joe, and he thinks Joe will win here.
Jericho thinks Finn Balor will defeat Bobby Lashley, especially since he’s bringing back The Demon. However, from a storyline perspective Jericho wonders why Balor would bring out the Demon here, when he refused to do so against Brock Lesnar a few months back in the biggest match of his career.
Jericho says he loves Batista, and thinks he plays this character very well. This is a simple angle between Batista and Triple H, and Jericho is really looking forward to them beating the crap out of each other. He thinks this will be a one-off match for Batista and Triple H will win here.
He notes that for the longest time WWE was giving Batista the run-around about a return at WrestleMania, but they called him back only 10 minutes after Jericho posted a picture of him and Batista online a few months ago. He thought that timing was pretty funny.
Jericho thinks the Randy Orton/A.J. Styles match is a bit of a waste of talent. He says this feels like WWE had two big names who weren’t doing anything else, so they put them together for ‘Mania. He thinks Orton will get a controversial win here so these two can continue their feud for another couple months, and have a longer match on an upcoming PPV.
Jericho is intrigued by the Roman Reigns/ Drew McIntyre match. He notes that these are two big guys who can really work, and he’s not sure who’s going to win here. He thinks Reigns will emerge victorious because he can’t imagine WWE booking Reigns to lose after he just returned from legitimately beating cancer.
Jericho thinks Kofi Kingston has to defeat Daniel Bryan for the WWE Title on Sunday night. He thinks this is also obvious for fans, so Bryan and Kingston have to do everything in their power throughout this match to make fans believe that Bryan will retain.
Jericho says that everyone knows his history with Brock Lesnar. He doesn’t like Lesnar because he doesn’t think Lesnar gives 100% all the time, but there’s no denying that Lesnar works well with smaller guys. He notes that Rollins should win here, but he doesn’t think Vince McMahon will swap three major Titles on one show. For that reason – as much as it pains him to say it – he thinks Lesnar will retain.
Jericho thinks Rousey, Lynch and Charlotte are the three most over talent on the entire roster, and he notes that they truly deserve to be in the main event of ‘Mania this year. He thinks Lynch will win here but he also thinks either Rousey or Lesnar will retain, so if Lesnar loses to Rollins, he thinks we might see Rousey retain here.
As for John Cena and The Undertaker, Jericho thinks we might see Cena interrupt Elias for a rap-off. He also thinks it’d be cool to have Undertaker appear at the end of the Andre the Giant Battle Royal with only Strowman, Michael Che and Colin Jost remaining. Undertaker can eliminate the two SNL stars and have a memorable face-off with Strowman.
That sums up today’s episode of Talk is Jericho. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya next week for another recap!