Sami Callihan has massive praise for Chris Jericho.
The former IMPACT world champion discussed Jericho during a recent interview with the Wrestling Perspective podcast, where he called The Ocho a blueprint for how to be successful in the industry.
I use a guy like Chris Jericho as a blueprint. I always tell young wrestlers to look at Chris Jericho’s career. Every couple of years, he’s done something to reinvent himself and become relevant, and I followed that my entire wrestling career.
Callihan says that, like Jericho, he has people who love him and hate him. Regardless of that fact, Callihan believes the most important part is having people talk about you.
I’ve gotten to the point where people love me, love me, and I have a lot of people that hate me and will always hate me, but they’re always talking about me. I’m never a guy that just disappears, and no one hears about it. I’m always a guy, no matter where I am. If I’m on television. If I wasn’t on television, I’m always somebody that the wrestling world is talking about, and that’s called being a professional wrestler, being successful at what you do.
Later, Callihan recalls an appearance he made on the Talk Is Jericho podcast and how he told Jericho that he was one of the greatest of all time.
I did his podcast a couple of years ago, and I’ve said that exact same thing. I based everything on it, and I’ve seen him on many podcasts before. He is, without a doubt one of the greatest of all time. The dude still does it at a high level, and the dude has always reinvented himself while still continuously being Chris Jericho, and that’s the art of professional wrestling.
In a separate interview, Callihan discussed IMPACT being one of the best storytelling companies around. You can read about that here.
(H/T and transcribed by Fightful)