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Rourke, Jericho on Larry King

If you didn't catch Mickey Rourke and Chris Jericho on CNN's Larry King Live last night, you didn't really miss anything.

Jericho basically reiterated the points that he made in his promo on Raw Monday. Rourke was passive and didn't have a whole lot to say except that he would be willing to take on Jericho in a boxing match or a bare knuckles fight but not a wrestling match.

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It was weird to see Jericho, who has been on the show in the past out of character, appearing as his WWE heel persona. King chuckled a couple times during the verbal "confrontation" and obviously was in on the fact that they were working an angle (sometimes you never know with King).

As a huge Jericho mark and someone who thought Rourke was brilliant in The Wrestler, I'm looking forward to seeing how this angle develops, but so far there hasn't been a whole lot to get excited about.

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Part of the problem is that it got off to such an unimaginative start, with Rourke matter-of-factly saying in an interview at the SAG awards that he had been asked to do WrestleMania and he wanted a piece of Jericho. He might as well have said, "I've made a deal with WWE to do an angle in which I wrestle some guy named Chris Jericho at WrestleMania."

What made big WrestleMania celebrity angles work in the past is that they came across as spontaneous and intense. Rourke's contrived and uninspired red carpet speech and Jericho's rebuttal don't quite compare to Floyd Mayweather bloodying Big Show's nose, Bam Bam Bigelow giving a hard shove to Lawrence Taylor, Steve Austin and Mike Tyson trying to get at each other in a wild pull-apart, and Mr. T and Hulk Hogan brawling with Roddy Piper, Paul Orndorff and a bunch of New York's finest.

The good news is that there's still about nine and a half weeks (how's that for slipping in a Rourke reference) until WrestleMania, so there is plenty of time for Rourke and Jericho to ramp up the intensity. If and when they do, it should make for some great television.

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