Chris Jericho says current WWE Superstar Rick Boogs will never attain main event success because of the name he has been given by the company.
Boogs recently made his SmackDown debut at the side of Shinsuke Nakamura as the Japanese star set his sights on becoming the ‘one true king’ of SmackDown. Although Boogs has not yet competed on the blue bran he shreds an electric guitar along with Nakamura’s iconic theme music. Nakamura recently attained his goal of dethroning King Corbin for his crown with the formerly royal Corbin once again relegated to Baron Corbin.
This is not the first WWE fans have seen of Rick Boogs and he had previously made an appearance in NXT under his real name of Eric Bugenhagen where he developed a following online after his charismatic personality captured many fan’s imaginations.
One man who knows what it’s like to make it to the top of the wrestling business is Chris Jericho. Speaking on an episode of Keepin’ It 100, Jericho says he can’t see someone named Rick Boogs becoming world champion anytime soon, or ever.
“I hate the fact they changed his name from Bugenhagen, which is one of the coolest names. Bugenhagen! It was Rick Bugenhagen. That’s a f*cking name, man. ‘Boog’ – it sounds like a f*cking booger. I think he’s super entertaining, very hyper. I think he would have a chance to do something if they were to give his name Bugenhagen. I don’t think Boogs… I always equate it to, say, ‘World Champion Chris Jericho’ – that would work. ‘Your World Champion Disco Inferno’ – doesn’t work. Same thing with Rick Boogs – there will never be a World Champion called Rick Boogs.”
World Champion Chris Jericho certainly has worked on a number of occasions for AEW’s Demo-God. Jericho became the first-ever Undisputed WWF Champion when he defeated The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin in one night in December 2001. Further World Heavyweight Championship reigns followed for Jericho in WWE but Jericho also became the first man to capture the AEW World Championship when he defeated Hangman Adam Page at All Out in 2019.