This week’s episode of “Talk Is Jericho” is an in-depth look at the Stadium Stampede match that aired during the AEW Double Or Nothing pay-per-view. Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager, Santana and Ortiz give out some secrets behind the making of the match.
They also talk about how the group came together, the inspiration behind the Bubbly Bunch, the creation of the Flim Flam dance and more. Here are some highlights from the podcast:
Chris Jericho talking about the formation of the Inner Circle: “The moment that I came to AEW the idea was for me to have a faction. Tony Khan wanted that and thought it was a good idea. I never had a faction before. I thought it was a good idea. Then we had to figure out who we are going to get involved in and throw around different ideas. I saw you (Sammy Guevera) on a NWA show and I texted Tony Khan and said we should bring you in. I can’t remember the first choice, but I remember saying I would like MJF and they said he is going to do his own thing. I said I think Sammy is kind of the same idea. I wanted a young, upcoming charismatic guy. Then I wanted a tag team. One of the ideas suggested was Pentagon and Phoenix. I said it was too gimmicky. I don’t want gimmicks. I said, what about LAX, Santana and Ortiz? The final ingredient was Jake. We worked together many times in WWE. What got Jake on my brain again is we were both training with Josh Rafferty at Dave Batista’s MMA gym. That’s when Jake was getting into Bellator. I asked you if you still wrestled or were thinking about getting back in the business? One of the ideas is they wanted to have a guy called Anthony Ogogo. I think he is signed with us now. I think he is a boxer from the U.K. They asked what I think of him? I said he never wrestled. I asked how tall was he? They said he is 5’11”. I said I need a big guy and I got the guy. I approached Tony Khan and you guys worked it out where you can still fight in Bellator. In the meantime, your career has skyrocketed.”
Adam Page talking about the Stadium Stampede: “We had to move the mascot because the horse was spooked. At first he didn’t want to run. I’m thinking now the horse is pissed. Now he really is going to trample me. I was making sure I was nowhere near and running for my life legit. I didn’t know if the mascot scared him.”