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Jericho Reveals World Title Match Nixed For Musical Chairs With Eugene

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Former WWE World Tag Team Champion Eugene aka Nick Dinsmore recently appeared on Chris Jericho’s Talk Is Jericho podcast where he discussed his time as a WWE Superstar as well as a coach at the WWE Performance Center.

Despite being a comedy character for the duration of his run on the main roster, Eugene still managed to share the ring with some of the biggest names in WWE history, such as The Rock, Triple H and Chris Jericho.

Speaking on his podcast in conversation with Dinsmore, Jericho revealed that he originally pitched a World Title match against Chris Benoit for a hometown show in Winnipeg, only to end up playing musical chairs with Eugene instead.

“I’ll never forget that week. I’m from Winnipeg,” Jericho noted. “I think [Chris] Benoit was the champion at the time. I’m like, we should do something like Jericho vs. Benoit for the world title in Winnipeg. What a story, and [Brian] Gewirtz calls, ‘I got some ideas.’ What is it going to be?’ You’re going to play musical chairs.’ I was like, ‘What the f**k are you talking about?’ And I was super pissed because I was expecting some kind of classic angle in my hometown.

“First time ever on TV in Winnipeg, but I’ll tell you what, that segment ended up being great because we’re just having some fun with it, and it was actually really cool, but when I was first pitched that, I was like, ‘This sucks! I hate Eugene,’ as if you wrote it.”

Jericho would go on to mention how popular the Eugene character was around that time, before Dinsmore recalled a conversation the pair had about ratings for Jericho’s ‘Highlight Reel’ segment.

“It was a refreshing character at the time, and I remember it was you that told me this after I was The Highlight Reel,” Dinsmore recalled. “You said that the next week the ratings have gone up by X points that it hadn’t been that high in two years.”

Elsewhere in the conversation Jericho explained that he came up with an idea where Eugene would turn heel after revealing that him being “special” was all an act. However, Dinsmore added that the idea wasn’t followed up on by Vince McMahon, saying he didn’t want to compromise other gimmick characters.

During the interview Dinsmore also gave details on the creation of the Eugene character, detailing how it was originally the brainchild of Rip Rogers. Dinsmore would leave WWE in 2007, but would appear sporadically before a short stint as a trainer on NXT which ended in 2014.

You can listen to the full podcast episode here, with a h/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.