WWE Hall of Famer and co-host of Grilling JR Jim Ross recently appeared on Chris Jericho’s Talk is Jericho podcast. The AEW commentator would discuss a number of topics on the show, predominately stories that are tackled in further detail in his new ‘Under The Black Hat’ book.
Jericho would ask JR about the time in the late 90s that he pitched Y2J to Vince McMahon. “He [Vince] asked ‘how tall is he?’ And you said ‘somewhere between 5’7 and 5’10” Jericho would begin. “I’m 5’10 and a half! And you knew that I was 5’10 or 5’11! Why did you give him the low end of saying 5’7 to 5’10? What was the strategy on that?”
It’s been long acknowledged that Vince McMahon is a fan of bigger athletes, and Ross knew that by ‘underselling’ the size of Jericho he would be a welcome surprise for the WWE Chairman.
“I wanted to give him a pleasant surprise when he found out you’re taller” Ross would reveal. “I knew how tall you where of course. And I had studied your matches. Japanese matches, Mexican matches. I studied you and I knew that you would fit [in WWF]. Your age was perfect, you know? And another thing about you Chris? Your durability was astounding. You always wrestled physically. And that’s what I told Vince, ‘he’s a tough little bastard.'”
Jim Ross would then discuss the incident between Jericho and Goldberg that took place back in 2003. “And then of course, when you face front facelocked Goldberg back in the locker room? That I witnessed. He [Vince] looked at as a source of pride. ‘My 5’10 star, he stood up for himself!’ Then I would say to Vince ‘there you don’t have to worry about Chris, he won’t be pushed around.”