Y2J takes us on an informational ride.
The current IWGP Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho has seen a lot in his 28-years as a professional wrestler. Jericho has traveled the world and competed in Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, his home-country of Canada and also made his name in the United States. Jericho has witnessed many positives and has also seen the negatives of the pro wrestling business. "The Ayatollah Of Rock N Rolla" does reside in another world as well and in that world he is the lead vocalist of the band 'FOZZY' which he founded in 1999.
The Rock 'N' Roll industry is one that is known to have its dark side and Jericho spoke to that during an interview with 'V ZIZO'. Jericho stated that while both the pro wrestling and Rock 'N' Roll industries have their respective past issues when it comes to drug usage, both have cleaned up and are now completely different from what they used to be when he got his start in both worlds.
"Drug testing in WWE is so strict. There's no steroids in the WWE anymore. Trust me, I know, nothing. You can't even smoke marijuana without getting fined." Jericho shared. "You see that in music too, because there's not as many tragedies. I think the '80s and '90s for rock 'n' roll, and the '70s, was much more of a wild west-type environment. Even now, touring, I don't know a lot of drug addicts in rock 'n' roll. I'm sure there's a few, but it's not really like that anymore. Guys drink, but as far as the hard drug use, going through my mental Rolodex, I can't think of anybody that I know who's in rock 'n' roll right now that has a drug problem. Not that I know of; I'm sure there's some. The same thing in wrestling--there's too much testing now, and there's just too much at stake to do that, for the company and for the guys themselves. Most of the [wrestlers] that you find out are dying are guys that came in the business in that time frame, but guys that are coming in the business now, it's not really like that more anymore."
Y2J is the current IWGP Intercontinental Champion but that title has been out of the fray since Jericho won it this past June at NJPW's 'Dominion' event. While the I.C. Title is out of the spotlight, the IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship has filled the void and that title will take center stage at the end of September when Cody takes on Juice Robinson for the strap at 'Fighting Spirit Unleashed'.
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