Chris Jericho Says Vince McMahon started hiring writers in 1999 because he wanted WWE SmackDown to be bigger than “Friends” | TBEN


Chris Jericho invited MLW Founder Court Bauer this week on “Talk Is Jericho”.

Bauer worked in the founding of WWE for a few years in the mid-2000s, so he had some stories from his time in the business. Bauer gave his thoughts on MJF, Chris Jericho, the SmackDown Writers ‘Room, Dusty Rhodes’ creative talk, Vince McMahon’s love for d ** k and fart jokes, Jerry Brisco and his work for Vince. McMahon. Bauer also spoke about the sequel for MLW.

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Jericho also shared a few stories, including what happened behind the scenes with Mickey Rourke ahead of WrestleMania 25.

Jericho also explained why Vince McMahon made the decision to hire writers for the screenplay wrestler promotions. Until the late ’90s most wrestlers were given chips and much of what was said on TV was ad-lib. This started to change in late 1999, and the editorial staff grew into the 2000s and beyond.

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Jericho said, “The reason writers became a thing was because when we launched SmackDown in ’99 Vince made it his motto that SmackDown was going to be bigger than the ‘Friends’ show.

“Friends” was at its peak or was still really huge. Vince’s bravado was that we were going to beat “Friends” on Thursday and his reasoning, his idea and his strategy was that if “Friends” had writers, then we need writers too. They’ve suddenly gone from no writer to 15 people in a room, and they don’t really know exactly who is doing what and what’s really going on or what the arc of the story is.

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