Chris Jericho has a rich history in pro wrestling, and many partners stood by his side throughout the last 30 years. Ralphus was his accomplice in WCW for a while, and he remains a fan favorite for many.
Ralphus sadly passed away recently. Chris Jericho was the one who revealed his passing upon finding out about it himself.
While speaking to Inside The Ropes, Chris Jericho revealed that he had to get WCW to pay Ralphus for his weekly roles on television. He was driving a lighting truck for the company and making a paycheck that way. Jericho still thought that Ralphus deserved extra money for his on-screen role.
“I was like, ‘Can you give Ralphus some money? he’s out there every week. Can you give him like 500 bucks or whatever? And so they started paying him 500 bucks, sometimes they’d forget and I’d always go and help him out. One day, he came over to me and goes, ‘Listen. I got to talk to you about something. When am I getting a contract?’ And I was like, ‘Dude! A f–king contract? You’re not getting a contract!'”
When the time came for Chris Jericho to leave WCW, he didn’t want Ralphus to stay behind. There was a consideration for him to go with Jericho, something that Ralphus was 100% behind.
“I was leaving to go to WWE at the time, and I was like, ‘Wow, it’d be really cool, f*cking Jericho shows up on RAW with Ralphus by his side! Like, I was really thinking that. Like, what the f*ck was I thinking? And I mentioned it to him! One day, like ‘Hey, what do you think about going to WWE?’ He’s like, ‘I’m in. We got to get out of here. This place is losing.’ Keep in mind he’s still driving the lighting truck around.”
“Then, a couple weeks later he comes over to me, ‘When are we going to New York?’ New York is slang for WWE, old-school wrestling talk, and I’m like, ‘I never once ever called WWE ‘New York’ to you. Where are you finding this s–t out?’ Now he’s all in the wrestling business, like, ‘Kayfabe brother!'”
Chris Jericho went to WWE without Ralphus, leaving his personal security behind in WCW. Ralphus wrestled some in WCW after Jericho’s departure, but he never made it to New York to reunite with Le Champion.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote