Wednesday Headlines: Jericho to Star in New Comedy Web Series "But I'm Chris Jericho!"
I've always been a Jerichoholic as long as I can remember. I guess it goes back to around 1995 when I first watched some of his matches from Japan. Then he ended up in ECW, WCW and obviously in WWE. The fact that he loved the column I wrote about him in June (here's Twitter proof) makes me appreciate him even more. I've always supported his ventures out of wrestling too from his music career to that fighting robot show and that game show he hosted that didn't really last long. I avoided Dancing with the Stars because…well…it's not my thing. Sorry Chris. I think you can make the case that he's one of the most popular wrestlers among online wrestling fans.
Part of the reason for his appeal with online fans is because of how interactive he is with fans. He's the first wrestler that I can ever remember that wrote a commentary on his website. Notice I didn't say blog? Because Jericho was doing these commentaries back in like 1998 before the word blog was commonly used. (His website chrisjericho.com has a counter that's been there since December 1997.) I mention that because it's fitting that Jericho is now a part of a new comedy series called "But I'm Chris Jericho" or #BIMC if you want to put a hashtag on it. Here's some info from the press release.
TORONTO, October 22, 2013 – He was the wrestling champion of the world, until he lost it all. Now he's starting over and is going to be the greatest actor of all time. Insight Productions, in association with Shaw Media, announce But I'm Chris Jericho!, a scripted comedy web series built around WWE superstar and multi-faceted performer Chris Jericho. Featuring 10 webisodes, the series premieres Tuesday, October 29, simultaneously on butimchrisjericho.com and Action's YouTube Channel: youtube.com/actiontv.
The series stars Chris Jericho as a fictionalized version of himself. In this tongue-in-cheek portrayal of his life, Chris is a former wrestler struggling to make it big as an actor. Despite being on top in the wrestling ring, Chris now clings to the bottom of the acting rung, and must try to contain his frustrations in the face of absurdities in the entertainment industry, as well as the ineptitude of well-intentioned supporters. Also featured in the web series is Andy Kindler (Bob's Burgers, Last Comic Standing) as Chris's bumbling agent, Phil Blank and Canadian comedy legend Scott Thompson (The Kids in the Hall) as Chris's over-the-top acting teacher, A.J. Mirkin.
Butimchrisjericho.com is launching as an interactive digital media property, with additional content launching every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday to complement the web series – including 11 bonus webisodes starring characters from the web series; Chris's biggest fan, Chad (Laurie Elliott), his roommate, Ryan (Christian Potenza) and his acting teacher, A.J. Mirkin (Scott Thompson); as well as exclusive behind the scenes footage.
Here's a one minute trailer that was also released on Tuesday.
It's decent. It's hard to really judge it based on that because it's just a preview, but I'm hoping for the best for it. Jericho's always been one of the funnier wrestlers out there whether he was a face or heel, so I'm optimistic about it. I'm not sure how popular web comedy shows can be or if they can really lead to better things. It's a start, though.
I'm not sure what Jericho's wrestling future is. I assume he'll be back in WWE one day. It probably won't be be before the end of this year. It might not even be before WrestleMania next year. I have no idea. I just think he has something left in the tank and he's obviously still in great shape as his run from earlier this year showed. One thing is for sure with Jericho. He'll always keep busy. That's what he does.
Hopefully there comes a point in the show where he gets to mention where he's from.
It's Winnipeg, you idiot. As a Canadian myself, it's good to see a Canadian company working with Jericho like this. I wish him success with it and also hope that he does get back in a WWE one day soon as well.
IN OTHER NEWS
- Former WWE wrestler Chris Nowinski, the founder of the Sports Legacy Institute that examines brain injuries of athletes (among other things), spoke to Newsday about his current involvement with WWE. Here's an excerpt from the article.
Nowinski said discussions he had with WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon in 2011 got the ball rolling toward joining forces for the cause.
"He let me know how proud he was [of SLI], how far the research had come, the influence we had in changing the culture in sports," Nowinski said of McMahon. "And he really opened up the door to saying how could we work together, both to protect the talent in WWE, but it's also ingrained that they're supporting CTE research that will benefit athletes, military veterans and the world at large."
Earlier this year, WWE gave a $1.2 million gift to SLI for a three-year research program led by Boston University researchers Ann McKee, M.D., and Lee Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D., to develop a treatment for CTE.
That's pretty awesome that WWE would donate $1.2 million to SLI. It's better than wasting the money on another Triple H movie. Don't laugh. It's true. Or laugh if you want. It's up to you.
- Thanks to my buddy Ed for sharing this. It's not really news. It's just a youtube video that has Jim Ross commentary over scenes from video games.
I loved the Stone Cold part with Sub Zero. That was perfection. I think this proves that anything in life is better with Jim Ross commentary.
- Lastly, we had TJRWrestling Radio last night. We talked about WWE Hell in a Cell, went over some early predictions for the Royal Rumble and answered some questions as well. I was joined by The Ace and Matt Seagull on the show. My audio wasn't great in the first ten minutes of it, but I made some adjustments and it improved as the show went on, so hang in there.
Here's the link to the episode. You can listen via online player or get the MP3 file. I've also embedded it below.
If that doesn't work for you go get it on iTunes too. Next show is in three weeks.
There was probably other news/rumors out there if I really look, but it's 1am as I post this and I need my six hours of sleep.
I'll be back on Saturday morning for a WWE Hell in a Cell Preview, then Monday for the recap of Hell in a Cell and Tuesday with the Raw Deal. It's the third WWE PPV in six weeks, so it's been a lot of writing for me in that time. I look forward to Survivor Series due to the fact that it's taking place in a month. That break is good.