Wrestler Chris Jericho says he won’t mock Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson for posing as a SUNshine Boy years ago – because he did exactly the same thing when he was younger.
“You’re not worth your salt if you’re from Canada and you haven’t been a SUNshine Boy,” says Jericho, who was born in the U.S. but grew up in Winnipeg. “I know I was definitely a SUNshine Boy at some point.”
Last July, QMI Agency’s Jim Slotek presented Johnson with the hilarious 1997 SUNshine Boy photo, in which the wrestler was wearing authentic 1990s gear, including baggy jeans, a Kid ’n Play-inspired haircut, a one-size-too-big black turtleneck and the decade’s piece de resistance – a fanny pack. The image went viral after Johnson posted it on his social media accounts.
“We all used to look like that,” says Jericho. “That’s what everybody used to look like in the wrestling business in the ’90s. You can’t trash-talk him, because everyone had that. Everyone tucked in their shirt, their jeans were pulled up pretty high with a belt – or even worse, without a belt – and then everyone had the fanny pack. That was a staple to any wrestler’s fashion choices. And the bigger the fanny pack, the cooler you were.”
Jericho tells a story of a Japanese wrestler named Ricky Fuji, who took the ‘bigger is better’ theory to the extreme by using a fanny pack so massive that it could carry a monkey wrench. And while Jericho says that he “absolutely” embraced the fanny pack look during the ’90s, he doesn’t think he wore the accessory when he visited the Sun.
“I wouldn’t have worn my fanny pack for the photo shoot,” he says with a laugh, before backtracking on his words. “I shouldn’t say that – I might have been wearing two of them. I have no idea.”
This week, Jericho can be seen on Shaw’s Action channel, where episodes from his web series But I’m Chris Jericho will be airing on television for the first time. And even though he’s a dad now – and could potentially use a fanny pack to store fatherly items – he says he’s moved on from the ’90s accessory.
“Now, everybody just carries those man-purses,” he says. “Instead of the fanny pack, it’s the man-purse.”