Putting together a cruise is proving to be tough work for Chris Jericho, but he's getting it done.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about the cruise, Jericho says getting a wrestling ring on the boat has been tough for him so far. How do you incorporate the logistics of a wrestling ring on a cruise ship? He talked about putting it together, and also bringing in the talent from Ring of Honor over:
That was the hardest sticking point, to decide whether this was safe and if this was engineer-ically sound. I had to have a team of engineers go onboard the Norwegian Pearl to see if a wrestling ring could be secured to the deck with no issues. To me, I was like, the fucking Kiss stage is anchored to the deck. Kiss' stage is a lot bigger and weighs a lot more than a wrestling ring, but still you have to do the due diligence because it's never been done before. The other issue was that I wanted to do a wrestling cruise, but how do I book the talent? I can't put together my own card independently because I don't know where everyone will be a year from now – heaven forbid somebody gets hurt or signs with WWE – and that's why I decided to actually go with a company [Ring of Honor], so I could put the name value of the company on there and not have to worry about individual names because the company is the company. When the Super Bowl comes to down, you buy a ticket. You don't care who's in the game. You just want to be a part of the event. That's what I'm selling, the event of Ring of Honor aboard the "Rock N' Wrestling Rager."
So what is the relationship between Chris Jericho and Ring Of Honor? Well, don't expect Chris Jericho to pop up on their shows -- this is simply Jericho bringing in talent to his wrestling show, and is leaving everything up to Ring of Honor when it comes to content:
No, that's up to Ring of Honor. When I signed Ring of Honor, I let them decide who's in the tournament and what to do. I get emails every day from people saying, "Can I be in it?" I don't know, ask Ring of Honor. It's their responsibility. I'm not going to be hanging around Ring of Honor. My association with them is that they're putting on an amazing tournament on my cruise and that's kind of the extent of it.
Chris Jericho's Rock 'n Wrestling Rager At Sea will go down October 27-31 next year, sailing from Miami to the Bahamas.