Chris Jericho debuted the Jericho Appreciation Society in the middle of his feud with Eddie Kingston. In addition to Jericho, the society is made up of “Cool Hand” Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Jake Hager, and “Daddy Magic” Matt Menard.

All members of the Jericho Appreciation Society sat down on Talk Is Jericho to discuss the origins of the group. Jericho revealed he originally came up with an entirely different name for his newest heel faction.

“The original idea for this whole plan, the name of it was going to be The Citadel. I thought, ‘The Citadel is great.’ And then I said it to Tony, and there was no pop whatsoever. I was like, The Citadel sucks. I need something better’ … He didn’t say anything, but I know him.

“I was looking at the Art Appreciation Society, or something like that. Some weird email that I got of, ‘If you like this, then maybe you should check out the Art Appreciation Society in downtown Detroit, February 6 at 3 p.m.’ I’m like ‘what the f–k is that?’ But then, the Jericho Appreciation Society!. I was like ‘Oh. That’s just cheesy enough … It’s pretentious.

“And now the Inner Circle is based around five guys, these personalities. What if I do one where I’m so sick of the Inner Circle, everyone having their own opinions, that I just put together the Jericho Appreciation Society? And everyone appreciates me. Everyone f**king loves me, cause I’m Jericho.’ So that’s kind of the whole genesis of this thing.”

JES defeated BCC, Santana, Ortiz, and Eddie Kingston in an Anarchy in the Arena match this past Sunday at the Double or Nothing pay-per-view event. You can view the complete results of the show right here.

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Manik Aftab

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