During his latest, Talk Is Jericho episode, Chris Jericho went into some more detail about how his WWE WrestleMania 33 plans were changed.
Jericho has discussed this issue before and this time broke down the details for fans, with the original plans slating Y2J against Kevin Owens in Orlando at WWE WrestleMania for the Universal Championship.
The WWE veteran was then going to drop the title to Brock Lesnar at the WWE Payback PPV, but Jericho recalled how Goldberg’s return to the company changed those plans.
“It was in November  maybe, Vince [McMahon] said, ‘Okay, at WrestleMania it’s you and Kevin Owens for the world title [Universal Title]. You’re gonna win the world title at WrestleMania,’ Wow, winning the world title at WrestleMania?’”
“[Vince] goes, ‘Yeah. You’ll lose it the next pay-per-view to Brock [Lesnar].’ I’m like, ‘That’s cool!’ And for me, I’d never won the title as a babyface either, ever. It’s been six times but always as a heel, so this was kind of like, ya know, we’re not marks here, but it’s a pretty cool thing. Let’s be honest.”
“One week later Survivor Series happens, Brock versus Goldberg, Goldberg beats Brock in a minute. And that’s when Brock went, ‘I can work with this guy [Goldberg]. I want to work with him. I’ll lose in a minute, but only if I can beat him for the title at WrestleMania.’ And Vince had to make a decision: what’s the bigger box office? Ya know and obviously, it was Brock and Goldberg, and Chris and Kevin take back seat.”
(h/t to SecScoops for the transcription)