Chris Jericho has recalled Vince McMahon claiming that one of his WrestleMania matches was the “worst” in the history of the annual spectacular.
Before leaving WWE for AEW, Chris Jericho had become a WrestleMania veteran, having competed in 13 matches at the ‘Granddaddy of Them All’. He made an impact from his first bout at the event on April 2nd, 2000 at WrestleMania 16, where captured the WWE European Championship in a Triple Threat 2 Out Of Three Falls match against Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit which was for both that title and the Intercontinental Championship.
In the following years, he competed against some of the biggest WWE Superstars on the ‘Grandest Stage of Them All’, from Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and CM Punk, to Edge and AJ Styles. His final WrestleMania match came at the 33rd edition of the show when he took on Kevin Owens with the United States Championship on the line.
The match was made after the infamous ‘Festival of Friendship’ on the February 13th, 2017 episode of Raw saw Kevin Owens viciously assault Chris Jericho, who had held the celebration in his former friend’s honour. This led to Y2J being off WWE TV for several weeks.
On Jericho’s return at that year’s Fastlane, he distracted Owens during his Universal Championship defence against Goldberg, costing him the title. This led to the pair’s WrestleMania match, which Owens won after a brutal powerbomb to Jericho on the ring apron.
Speaking to talkSPORT’s Alex McCarthy, Jericho said that when he went backstage following the match, Vince McMahon gave him a thumbs up. However, the WWE Chairman had harsh words for Owens.
“He told Kevin it was the ‘worst match in WrestleMania history’ [laughs]. I never heard anything about that. When I came through, Vince went [thumbs up], so I think he was on Kevin’s case at the time.”
He speculated that McMahon thought Owens was maybe “carrying extra weight”, or might not have been happy with his work.
“I think he was going through a phase where he thought maybe Kevin had some extra weight that he wanted him to lose or wasn’t happy with his work as a heel.”
Following their WrestleMania 33 battle, Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens continued to clash for several weeks until Owens attacked him after another match on the May 2nd, 2017 episode of SmackDown. This resulted in Jericho being carried out on a stretcher and written off WWE TV for some time.
H/T to talkSPORT for the above transcription.