Chris Jericho spoke with The LAW: Live Audio Wrestling about the night before this year’s Royal Rumble where he made his surprise return to the WWE.
“I was in Anaheim at the North American Music Merchants Convention, which is where all the bands go and do signing for whoever it is that you’re endorsed by, and it’s a really giant convention thing,” Jericho said. “Afterwards, it’s just like a huge party. I was with M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold, a really good friend of mine, and with a couple other guys from the band as well. We got completely plastered and loaded, and it ended up with me demanding that Matt’s friend let me kiss him on the lips. I wouldn’t leave the car, and finally when I did leave the car I chased him around the car and then jumped on the hood of the car and wouldn’t let him leave. Then the cops were called, and they were gonna arrest me. I was like ‘If I get arrested and thrown in the drunk bank tonight and miss the Royal Rumble, I’m probably gonna be in pretty big trouble.’ So I stopped what I was doing, got in the car, and as we were driving away I punched him in the face as hard as I could. It was just like the worst feeling; everyone was so mad at me, and Shadows was like ‘You can’t punch guys in the face!’ I felt awful. I woke up about an hour later and I had to go catch a flight, but I felt bad because I punched Shadows’ friend in the face, so I called that guy and apologized. Then my flight was delayed. I finally landed in Phoenix, got ready in one of the crew buses, and went out and wrestled for 48 minutes. So yes, that is how Jericho rolls.
“I remember Vince McMahon asked me the next day, ‘You haven’t wrestled in such a long time. I mean, obviously you’re in good shape, but how did you go out there and do 48 minutes and do all the stuff that you did?’ I was like, ‘I don’t know.’ I don’t know how I did it; I didn’t even realize it was 48 minutes until afterwards. Someone told me, ‘You were out there for 48 minutes,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, wow! That’s awesome.’ It’s one of those things. It’s just part of the job, I guess.”