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Chris Jericho recalls Vince McMahon willing to fight “midget” Frank Shamrock, Mickey Rourke being worried about a double cross at WrestleMania 25

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Chris Jericho recollects Vince McMahon prepared to struggle “midget” Frank Shamrock, Mickey Rourke being concerned a couple of double cross at WrestleMania 25

This week on Chris Jericho’s “Talk Is Jericho” podcast, Court Bauer was on to speak about MLW and his time as a author in WWE. There had been tons of WWE tales informed on this podcast, together with the one about Mikey Rourke when he was concerned in WWE storylines through the construct for WrestleMania 25.

Here is what was stated about what was occurring behind-the-scenes with Rourke:

Jericho talked concerning the notorious section with Mikey Rourke on Larry King Live: “I went and did the Larry King Show and Vince said see, if you can cajole him into being in the match. Be stiff on him and see if we can convince him to do it. I was a real ass**le on the show. I called him a coward and was really running him through the ranks. You could see the steam blasting through his ears. He was not happy about it which I didn’t think he took seriously. So, I showed up in Houston and he was there the night before to go over what we were going to be doing.”

Court Bauer continued the story: “I heard the story after all of it went down. I used to be working with Frank Shamrock on a undertaking for Showtime. We had been speaking about our connections with wrestling. If you watch that WrestleMania, you will note Frank Shamrock subsequent to Mickey Rourke which some individuals could have thought one thing was going to occur with Frank and Jericho. What Frank informed me was Mickey was very involved that there was going to be a double cross. He was involved that you simply (Jericho) and Vince and WWE was going to do one thing and someway reap the benefits of him and put him able to humiliate him publicly. He referred to as up Frank and stated, ‘I want you to come to WrestleMania. I will pay for everything. I want you to sit next to me to make sure nothing happens.’  Frank stated, ‘I don’t assume something goes to occur however in order for you me to go along with you, I will probably be glad to do it.’ Mickey stated, ‘If anything goes down, I’m going to provide the signal and also you simply should handle issues.’

Jericho continued: “When I confirmed up the night time earlier than the present, he (Rourke) was standing within the ring with Frank Shamrock. He had this different man that was like a bounty hunter or a mercenary they usually had been all UFC fighters. There had been three of them they usually had been there to guard him in case there was a double cross and all he was doing was getting in on the finish of the match and knocking me out. When I used to be strolling to the ring as a result of it was a stadium and it was a very lengthy rampway. One of our individuals got here as much as me and stated, /Mickey is there and he’s actually pissed off at you.’  I stated, ‘Why?’  He stated, ‘Because he thinks what you said on Larry King was real.’  I stated, ‘Did you tell him it wasn’t’ and he stated, ‘No.’  I went within the ring and it was the primary time I met him head to head and it was a pretend Hollywood hug. It took me some time to clarify to him that what I stated on Larry King was in character to construct up the match.

He stated, ‘No, that’s not the way it works. In boxing, should you say that to any person, that’s a struggle.’ I stated to him, ‘Mickey, you are up for an Oscar for a movie in which you play a wrestler. You know how this is.’ Finally, after speaking to him for 5 or 10 minutes, he lastly received it. He truly stated, ‘I can’t consider I’m up for an Oscar and also you out-acted me. You fooled me.’ Then he informed me that each one these guys had been there to assault me if there was any sort of double cross. I informed him, ‘I’m not Goldberg. If there’s going to be a double-cross, you don’t want 4 guys to take me out.’ Here is the most effective half. Vince is down there. We are going over the punch on the finish and at last, when Mickey leaves on the finish together with his entourage, I say to Vince that he introduced these guys right here to assault me in case there was a struggle. Vince stated, ‘Those guys?’ He pointed to Shamrock and stated, ‘He’s a midget. What’s that midget going to do? Me, you Finlay and Malenko will kick their asses.’ I stated, ‘Well let me tell you this Vince. If something breaks out, I’ll take Mickey Rourke and you’re taking the midget.’ He stated, ‘You’re rattling proper I’ll.’

There had been a whole lot of tales informed on this podcast. Click right here if you wish to understand how the present “Friends” was the explanation why WWE has writers to script promos.

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Here is the notorious section on Larry King Live that includes Chris Jericho and Mickey Rourke: