Chris Jericho On How ‘Y2J’ Was Created, What Did Vince McMahon Call Him Backstage in WWE?
Below are some highlights from the interview with a h/t to Wrestling INC for the transcriptions.
Chris Jericho On How Y2J Was Created?
“I came up with the Millennium Man with the countdown. Vince’s contributions to it were, it was my idea that the countdown would end at the beginning of RAW. I think it was August 9, 1999. Vince’s idea was that it would end right in the middle of The Rock’s promo, which, classic Vince, come in as high as you can possibly get”
What Did Vince Call Him Backstage?
“His other idea was, he was like, ‘what’s your finish called and what it is?’ I said, ‘well, it’s a Boston Crab and it’s called ‘Y2J Problem’. He goes, ‘no, no, no, that’s not the name of your finish. Your finish isn’t ‘Y2J’, you’re ‘Y2J’ and that was his moniker and for the first year or two, I’m sure [Austin] got this too, it was never ‘Chris’ or ‘Chris Jericho’. It was always ‘Y2J, how are you? Good to see you, Y2J.’ because that was his creation. Even though it was my idea, he took it and that’s what he called me. I’m sure it was the same with ‘Stone Cold’. I’m sure he called [Austin] ‘Stone Cold’ all the time.”
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