AEW World Champion, Chris Jericho was a recent guest on the Mature Audiences Mayhem podcast and he discussed his WrestleMania 33 spot in detail. Below are some highlights with a H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions.
On the original WrestleMania 33 plans:
“Probably the best story [at WrestleMania] was Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens,” Jericho said. “We were best friends, and all the dastardly stuff we were doing until he turned on me at ‘The Festival of Friendship.’ Then, we had this big WrestleMania match – the confrontation. Originally, that was going to be the main event for the world title. Kevin Owens was the champion and I was going to beat him in the main event of WrestleMania as a babyface.
“Bill Goldberg and Brock Lesnar had a match, Brock really liked it and wanted to have a rematch. He put Goldberg over and they had a rematch, but only if he won the title from Bill Goldberg. That was Brock’s idea so they changed it. Vince said that it’s going to be me versus Kevin Owens for the world title at WrestleMania and you are going to win the title, f–k yeah! Next week, he doesn’t tell me, but I hear that it’s changed to Brock Lesnar versus Bill Goldberg for the title.”
On his actual placement on the card being an insult:
“And not only did they take us out of the main event – and, once again, just because I was told I have no right to it and things change all the time, I’m a big boy, I can handle it. But to take us from the main event slot and then move us to the 2nd match on the card on a card that has 12 matches on it? I was like, that’s a f–king insult!” Jericho exclaimed. “And I didn’t realize it at the time, but afterward, I guess about 3-4 weeks later, I was like, wait a second, we were 2nd on the card? It wasn’t even 1st. The first match on the show at a WrestleMania is a very important match, maybe event second only to the main event. But to put us on second is an insult and it doesn’t even matter now what I did.”
On helping give AEW exposure:
“And now with AEW, I’m not the face of the company but I’m definitely the bridge. What I mean by that is that I am the one who brings people in who don’t know what AEW is,” Jericho explained. “If you are a wrestling fan, you know who Chris Jericho is. You might not know who Kenny Omega is or The Young Bucks or those other guys, but Chris Jericho is there. I know him. I know his history. I’ve been watching him for so many years so I will check out the show. If you check out the show, you can see me, and you can then see all of these other guys, and then you’re hooked. That is what happened with New Japan. They came to see me and they left being Will Ospreay fans, Kenny Omega fans, Young Bucks fans, Okada fans, etc. I think that is why it was smart for Tony Khan to get me on his show, because there’s not a lot of other people that could have done that.”