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Chris Jericho On His Great Asylum Match With Dean Ambrose, Vince McMahon Approving The Tack Spot



During a recent edition of Talk is Jericho (transcript via, Chris Jericho spoek about his match with Dean Ambrose at Extreme Rules. Here are the highlights…

On His Great Asylum Match With Dean Ambrose: “We had kind of a dead crowd though because we had that amazing four-way match right in front of us, but you still got to work the match and we built it. We built it well.” Jericho added, “[it was] a great match in a different way from the four-way. The fans were going bonkers at the end and that’s what it’s all about. Sometimes, you’ve got a quiet crowd and you build it. It’s like ‘Stairway To Heaven’. It starts out slow and quiet and it ends up with a crashing guitar crescendo and that’s what you want, so a great weekend.”

On Vince McMahon Approving The Tack Spot: “We were really surprised, Ambrose and I, because we came up with the idea for the Ambrose Asylum. We were surprised that Vince allowed us to use the tacks! It hasn’t been done in 10 years. It [has] been that long between tack bumps. And when the finish came in and Ambrose is going over, I have to take the bump on the tacks. I have to. He can’t take the bump on the tacks and then go on and win. It just doesn’t make sense. I think we have to protect this crazy bump because, in my opinion, no one really knows what a bodyslam feels like or a suplex. But everyone knows what it’s like to get poked with a needle or get a thumbtack stuck in you. We’ve all had that happen, so people know when it happens, it hurts! And you can actually feel that and empathize with it, [or] relate to it, so I was like, ‘you know what, man? We have to use these tacks and make it like it’s a pit of fire, like it’s the worst thing that could ever happen to you is that you fall into these tacks and you’re done’. “So, another thing too, is you want to tease this, so when he poured the tacks out and it’s like, ‘what if we do a bunch of spots where people think, okay, they’re really screwing with us now in the fact that they’re pouring out these tacks and teasing us’. Can you imagine how mad people would have been if we would have teased the tacks and never actually used them? So anyways, tease it, tease it, tease it, finally, I go for the Codebreaker and he slams me down on the tacks and goes straight to the DDT. That’s the finish, the Dirty Deeds.”

On Taking The Tack Spot: “When I took that bump and got up, selling it and screaming, and half of it’s real because you’re screaming about it, and then, when he gave me the DDT, of course you put your hand down and three of those tacks got stuck in my hand. I don’t know if you guys saw that. I held it up towards the camera because I was like, ‘if I get tacks in my hand, I want people to see this and those hurt so bad’. My hand still hurts right now. My back is okay. My elbows are okay. Still hurting, but the hand it really, really [hurts]. I guess it’s like a splinter in a lion’s paw or something like that. Those are the ones that hurt the most. And then, when he turned me over to cover me, all of those tacks were down my pants and if you watch, my shoulders are down, but I’m arching my back up because I didn’t want to have my back pressed down again.”

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