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The Chris Jericho/Stephanie McMahon Affair Angle That Never Was

Triple H shot down a Chris Jericho/Stephanie McMahon affair angle as he didn't believe his character would be stupid enough to fall for it.

Today marks the 17th anniversary of WrestleMania X8. As big an event as it was, one match immediately pops into the heads of most fans when they recall that PPV. The Rock versus Hulk Hogan. The man who headlined WrestleMania after WrestleMania returning for his first in years to take on the man who had effectively replaced him as WWE's top guy.

What has been often overlooked when recalling that match and that night is Rock versus Hogan was not the main event. Triple H and Chris Jericho's battle for the WWE Undisputed Championship had to follow one of the most iconic matches of all time. An extremely unenviable spot, and one that Y2J did not want.

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Jericho admitted to Inside The Ropes that he asked WWE for his and The Game's match to not go on last. He also outlined the idea he had for his and Triple H's storyline. If you recall, Stephanie McMahon would take the side of Jericho and the two of them would be referred to as "business associates." However, Jericho wanted them to be a lot more than that.

Y2J pitched that he would tell The Game Stephanie was having an affair with Rob Van Dam. Then, when showing him the footage, the ponytailed culprit in bed with The Cerebral Assassin's wife would turn around and reveal himself to be, you guessed it, Jericho. Upon describing the plan to Triple H, The King Of Kings told Y2J it wouldn't work as he didn't believe his character would be stupid enough to fall for the rouse.

Truth be told, even though we agree with Jericho that his idea was better than what actually unfolded, the match should still not have gone on last. Nothing that year could have possibly been bigger or better than Rock versus Hogan. Despite that, as Jericho points out in the video above, he can still boast that he has been in the closing match of WrestleMania. That honor is not bestowed upon many in the business.

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