One fan could have spoiled Chris Jericho's surprise appearance at All In and here are the photos to prove it.
Anyone who watched All In will likely have had a hard time picking just one favorite moment. While Cody Rhodes winning the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Title and Rey Mysterio competing in the main event will have both been up there, Chris Jericho's surprise appearance surely must have made everyone's top three at the very least.
Pulling off a surprise like that in pro wrestling in 2018 is easier said than done. To have no one know he was there when he pulled the mask off is a minor miracle. On a recent episode of Talk Is Jericho, Y2J and his close friend Jack Slade detailed exactly how they pulled it off. From turning up at Chicago airport after All In had already begun to having to spray Pentagon's spare costume gold because it was the wrong color.
Even though Jericho and Slade were walking through Chicago airport with All In already in full swing, the latter still clocked a guy in a Bullet Club t-shirt nearby. Unfortunately, Jericho did not and the fan managed to take some covert photos of the pair. Not covert enough, though. Slade spotted the fan taking photos, chased him down, explained the situation, and watched him delete the pics.
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If u listened to #ChrisAndJacksExcellentAdventure on #TalkIsJericho, you heard the story of the fan who was secretly taking pix of me and @iamjackslade in the Chicago Airport when we landed for my surprise appearance at #AllIn. Jack made the guy delete them from his phone, but he must’ve pulled them from the iCloud as he just posted them... two weeks after @all.in.2018! So here they are! #disasteraverted
Well, apparently the photos weren't permanently deleted. While the fan had the good nature not to post the pics online on the night and out Jericho as being at All In, they have found their way online two weeks later and Y2J posted them on Instagram this weekend. Slade said on the podcast that there would have been no doubting who it was in the photos had they been posted online and, as you can see above, he was not wrong.
Thankfully, the surprise appearance ended up going off without a hitch and made for one of the best moments not only of All In but from 2018 so far in general. It also signaled the next step in Jericho's fierce rivalry with Kenny Omega. The two of them clashed at the beginning of the year in the Tokyo Dome and they will so again on the Jericho Cruise next month.