Jericho Reveals Another Vince McMahon Quirk: “Fans Won’t Cheer a Canadian”
In an interview with the Rich Eisen Show (via Fightful), Chris Jericho said that Vince McMahon went through a period where he thought that fans couldn’t cheer from a babyface that was from Canada, so all of the babyface Canadian wrestlers had their hometowns changed to be from the US.
He said: “In the mid-2000s, Vince McMahon decided that you couldn’t be from Canada and be a babyface in the WWE, for whatever reason. ‘No one would cheer a Canadian’ was his mindset. I’m not kidding. I was told that ‘You can’t be from Winnipeg anymore, you’re from Tampa.’ I only live in Tampa. I’m not from there. ‘Where were you born?’ Manhasset (New York). ‘Ah, sounds too country. You’re now from Manhattan, New York.’ There was a whole bunch of us that were Canadian. Edge, Christian, Val Venis, a bunch of other guys. He just decided one time, you can’t be a babyface and be from Canada. For people to really cheer you, you have to be from the United States. It probably lasted about six months.”