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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Chris Jericho on new TV show, book, tour

By Lynn Hoppes

Robot fighting
Chris Jericho's new Syfy show debuted last night, and this week he's in Australia with his band.
Now that Episode 1 of "Robot Combat League" is in the books, host Chris Jericho can focus on his other projects.

And those are numerous: The 42-year-old Canadian and his band Fozzy are on tour in Australia this week. He signed a short-term contract again with the World Wrestling Entertainment. And he's still trying to finish his third book.

Playbook had a few minutes to talk with Jericho, who has been wrestling for more than 20 years, about his latest venture, and which show he turned down.

Last night, on Syfy, "Robot Combat League" debuted as a real-life "Real Steel" TV show with robots and their teams competing to win $100,000. What did you think when they pitched that idea to you?

First, I didn't really believe it. I thought the premise sounded cool but I didn't know how they were going to accomplish it. Then, when I stepped into the ring, and one of these robots walked up to me, I really thought about turning around and running. These are not CGI or something created by Hollywood magic. This is a living, breathing machinery. If one catches you in the head, it'll kill you. Imagine that. We've created robots that can kill humans. Nice to know that, right?

Your first two books were bestsellers and your third book was scheduled for this spring. I hear you're pushing it back. Why?

It's a long process to write, and the first two books were so well-received that there is more pressure for this third book. I've been so busy. That is one thing about my life. I'm all about branding 'Chris Jericho.' And that's not just wrestling or Fozzy or the 'Robot Combat League.' I need a two-to-three month period to write and I don't really have those periods lying around right now.

So it's all about juggling.

I have to pick and choose my projects. People think I accept everything. That's not true. I turn down things every day. I need to have a passion for something and believe in it. It's not so much about juggling as my level of involvement. I have a great fan base. People know that I can put on a good show. So I need to make sure to deliver every time.

So what else do you want to accomplish?


I don't think about having a bucket list. The only two things I wanted to do when I was growing up was be a wrestler and be in a rock-n-roll band. Thankfully, after hard work, I've done both of those things. I love to write. I love to act. Two months ago, I never would have thought I would be hosting a giant-robot show. I'm basically a party host and want to entertain you enough to tune in again the next time.

So what was the last project you did turn down?

I was asked to be in the celebrity high-diving show. I'm just not into that. I just wasn't feeling it. I don't really have goals for what I choose. I just have unlimited boundaries.