According to former WWE Superstar, Chris Jericho, he was approached to be the host of Tough Enough before Stone Cold Steve Austin was appointed in the role. Jericho was recently a guest on the UK Radio Show, Ministry of Slam, and said:
“At one point, I was in talks to host the show, but then Dancing With The Stars came up so it just wasn’t going to work out. Steve’s doing a great job—he’s made it his show at this point. But it could have been Chris Jericho hosting the show and it would have had a bit of a different slant. I don’t think I could have been as tough on those guys as Steve is. He’s like a drill sergeant. It’s fun to watch them squirm.” (Quote via WrestleScoop)
If Jericho was originally going to be the host of the show, does that give a clearer window on when a possible return could take place? Tough Enough will reveal its winner by June, meaning Jericho could have started to make a return in time for SummerSlam. Maybe his plan is to return for the big Summer PPV.
It also lets us wonder what the show would have been like if Y2J had taken on the role. I personally think the show would have had less of an aggressive tone and feel more like a contest rather than a boot camp. Then again, the show may have had a harder time appealing to outside the modern wrestling audience since Jericho, at least before his DWTS stint, was not such a pop icon in comparison to Austin.
What are your thoughts about this news? Would Tough Enough have been a better or worse show with Jericho at the helm? Does this shine a light on a possible WWE return?