Chris Jericho: Celebrities Have More Respect For Wrestling Than Before
"You can throw Jay Leno’s name in there and I will raise you a Karl Malone, a Dennis Rodman or a Lawrence Taylor way back in the day."
Chris Jericho believes celebrities that get involved in professional wrestling now have a larger respect for the craft than their peers did in previous years.
Jericho has worked alongside Mike Tyson in AEW in recent weeks while Bad Bunny's performance at WWE WrestleMania 37 has earned the musical artist universal praise from wrestlers and fans alike.
With Shaquille O'Neal also impressing during his debut match for AEW, Jericho feels those that transition over into stepping into the wrestling ring are eager not to embarrass themselves or the sport itself.
Jericho told Hollywood Life: "You now have guys that have a large amount of respect for pro wrestling. You can throw Jay Leno’s name in there and I will raise you a Karl Malone, a Dennis Rodman or a Lawrence Taylor way back in the day.
"There are athletes and guys like Bad Bunny who have been lifelong fans of wrestling and really respect what we do and want to be involved. Those are the ones that always work the best. If you take a guy who doesn’t want to do the training and do the things to put on a good match, you will not get one. Then it becomes more of just a stunt casting.
"Shaq took it very seriously. He worked very hard to put on the match he did. The same thing with Bad Bunny. You can tell the training was there because what he did was very much like the match we had with Shaq.
"I don’t think these recent celebrities want to come in there and embarrass themselves or, more importantly, embarrass the sport with all the respect that they have for it. It’s the same thing with Mike Tyson. He loves being around the business and respects the business, and he has since he has been a kid. All he wants to do is his best. And at the end of the day, he is Mike Tyson, so there is always that element of what he is going to do. But if he didn’t want to be there for the right reasons, he wouldn’t be there."