Chris Jericho Explains Why Vince McMahon Changed WrestleMania Traditions

During the latest edition of his Talk Is Jericho podcast, Chris Jericho spoke about some of the traditions surrounding WWE's flagship annual event, WrestleMania.

Regarding Vince McMahon dropping the numbers from the title of WrestleMania, Jericho offered the following information.

"The reason why, and everybody at home, is that Vince does not like the numbers after the WrestleMania because he feels like it dates it." Jericho explained, "also, you're not allowed to call it 'The Grandaddy Of Them All' because he feels that it makes it seem old. So yeah, Super Bowl 75, he does not like the number, so you cannot refer to it as 'WrestleMania 34'. You just refer to it as 'WrestleMania'. One of those classic Vince McMahon quirks."

Jericho also spoke about why McMahon prefers to have a performance of "America the Beautiful" instead of the U.S. national anthem to open WrestleMania every year.

"Vince does not like the American national anthem." Jericho added, "Nope. He feels that 'America The Beautiful' is the epitome of American songs. That's why for every WrestleMania, it's 'America The Beautiful'."

As far as the new annual WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal being changed to that name after initially labeling it the Fabulous Moolah Women's Battle Royal, Jericho spoke about an idea he had to re-name it.

"I actually texted Vince and said, 'you should call it 'The Sensational Invitational' and name it after Sherri Martel." Jericho continued, "he sent me back a text, 'THX', 'thanks', yeah. In other words, 'keep your mouth shut, you frickin' idiot - let me handle the hard work.'"

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