ROCK 100.5’s Bailey and Southside recently sat down with WWE Superstar Chris Jericho. Among many topics discussed, Jericho spoke about a couple hallmarks from his latest run, more specifically “The List” as well as his ‘Stupid Idiot’ catchphrase.
When asked how he came up with the idea for ‘The List’, Jericho’s response was that the idea came from WWE writer Jimmy Jacobs. Jericho said, including himself, The List is more over than 85% of the locker room
“Working with this guy who’s a writer in the WWE named Jimmy Jacobs. He used to be a [pro] wrestler. He came up to me one day and said, ‘what if we do something where you put somebody on this list?’ I’m like, ‘I knew this guy once who had a list of people he didn’t like.’ I’m like, ‘oh, that sounds funny.’ So I said it and it kind of got a reaction.” Jericho said, “the whole concept of The List went through the roof. The List is more popular than 85% of the guys on the show. The List is more popular than I am! And you just never know what’s going to make an impression with fans.”
Although Jericho’s been using the phrase ‘stupid idiot’ for year, the term has only really caught on during the tail end of his most recent run with the company. According to Jericho, Vince McMahon said only Jericho could get “stupid idiot” over
“They’re chanting it now, ‘stupid idiot’ and I remember when I started saying that, Vince was like, ‘nobody could say this, nobody can get away with this, but you can. You’re the only guy in the world who could do this’ because when I started using ‘stupid idiot,’ it got heat. I would call the fans, ‘you’re a stupid idiots’ and they’d be like, ‘boo!’ and then, like everything else, suddenly people loved it.”