During a recent episode of “Talk Is Jericho”, Chris Jericho revealed that MJF, Fenix, Pentagon Jr. and Anthony Ogogo were all people he originally considered to be members of The Inner Circle. Here’s what he had to say:
So it was kind of right from the start, I kind of had an eye on you [Sammy Guevara] but the first choice, I can’t even remember who the first choice of the different guys were, but I know at one point I was like, I’d like to have MJF, and they said he’s gonna do his own thing, well, then I think Sammy is the same idea. I wanted a young, kind of upcoming, charismatic guy.
Then I wanted a tag team. And one of the ideas that was suggested was Pentagon & Fenix, and I said, it’s too gimmicky, I don’t want gimmicks. And then right after that, it was, what about LAX, at the time, Santana & Ortiz.
One of the ideas was that they wanted a guy called Anthony Ogogo, who I think is signed with us now, I think he’s a boxer from the UK, obviously he’s stuck in the UK right now, but they were saying what do you think of this Anthony Ogogo guy? I said, ‘Well, he’s never wrestled,’ I said, ‘How tall is he?’ They said he was like 5’11” or whatever, I said, ‘No, I need a big guy,’ and I got the guy. And I approached Tony Khan, and the thing about Tony, is he is beyond a fan, he’s very smart, as well as know, he’s very almost bullish, he knows what he wants, and he also knows his guys. I said what do you think of, at the time, Swagger. He was like, ‘I always loved Jack Swagger, I always thought he was great.’ I said, ‘I think I can get him, he’s the guy.
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