WWE Superstar Chris Jericho knows his way around the ring, and he also knows how to scout WWE talent. The wrestler turned rock star hosts WWE’s “Tough Enough” which aims to find the next Superstar or Diva. The season finale airs August 25th on USA Network. He spoke with FOX411 about how the wild days of wrestling have come and gone, replaced with healthy, clean living.
FOX411: Tell us about the “Tough Enough” finale.
Chris Jericho: The four final competitors will get to show off everything that they learned once they have an actual pro wrestling match live in front of the entire world against the WWE Superstar. So, it’s been a long journey. A lot of ups and downs but it has been a really entertaining show I think the final four are the right final four. These are the final four that should be in this.
FOX411: What are you looking for in the next Superstar or Diva? Who do you think will win?
Jericho: It’s not really about what I’ve been looking for. It’s based on a worldwide fan vote so it’s been the world that’s put these four into the grand finale. You have to have that likability factor. You have to have that charisma. You have to have the ability to make people care about what you’re doing, make them care about what you’re doing so I think that’s the most important thing. Obviously physically it has to be there but we’ve seen that Josh is way more physical than a guy like ZZ is but ZZ has that certain je ne sais quoi that people are attracted to. I’m the host so I have to be unbiased.
FOX411: You’ve weighed in on Hulk Hogan in other interviews and say you stand by your friend but do you stand by the WWE’s decision to let him go?
Jericho: It’s not my company. It’s not my decision, but I think when Miz joined the show as a judge, I think it gave a whole different vibe to the show that really improved it.
FOX411: You really avoided my question.
Jericho: That’s what I do.
FOX411: Roddy Piper recently died joining a long list of wrestlers gone too soon. Why do you think WWE legends die young?
Jericho: There was a certain generation of those guys it was more of a rock star mentality. The road schedule was a lot harder back in those days and those guys lived a lot harder as well so thankfully I think that’s been remedied with guys in this generation, now it’s not the same vibe, it’s a lot more clean living. There’s more Chipotle around than there’s pills at this point in time and that’s a good thing. Kind of that maverick, gypsy lifestyle is gone. You know this is a multi-billion corporation that’s publicly traded and it’s become part of the pop culture fabric around the world, so we have a lot of responsibilities and take it very seriously being a WWE Superstar, and take it very seriously all the influence we have over the fans over the entire world.
FOX411: Let’s address a crazy Internet rumor. Wikipedia says you died on January 30, 2015. Either you’re alive or I’m a medium. What’s up with that?
Jericho: Yeah, it’s true. Whatever you read on Wikipedia is true and the thing that’s going on is everyone is into zombies with “Walking Dead” and “Dawn of the Dead” so I just feel so out of place as a living person. I want to be a zombie, too. I’m just a really sexy beast zombie.