Chris Jericho suggests those hating on Brock Lesnar because of his WWE deal shouldn't be. In fact, he'd like a similar deal one day in the WWE should he ever return once his New Japan commitments are over.
During a recent episode of the The Jim Ross Report, Ross caught up with current IWGP Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho. They spoke Jericho's contract with NJPW, his title and his thoughts on current WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, more specifically his unique contract.
Jericho suggested he and Lesnar are more alike than people think because each is working for their respective promotion in much the same way — holding titles but rarely appearing. Jericho bragged, "I'm kind of like the Brock Lesnar of New Japan. I won the title and then disappear for three months or whatever it is."
He claimed NJPW gave him the belt to show fans he wasn't just going to wrestle just one match even though he's got a crazy schedule with his band Fozzy which would keep him away for a while. He said the promotion knew of his commitments and what they wanted to do the moment he signed. He explained, "I didn't just win the title and disappear. I will be back and I will be back a few more times, for sure."
Jericho suggests that's exactly what WWE is doing with Lesnar, going so far as to suggest Lesnar may retain the title at SummerSlam. "What I know, once again, is that this is all Vince [McMahon]'s plan, and he's orchestrating it, and he knows exactly what's going on, exactly what he wants to do," Jericho explained. He said not to bet against Vince because 99 times out of 100, whatever he's planning works like a charm.
So too, while he listens to people gripe about Lesnar's unique deal, Jericho "admires" Lesnar for his contract and stated that he hopes when his time comes, WWE offers him the same gig. "I would like that deal and I'm not so sure that I won't get a deal like that at some point," he noted.
Jericho suggests if you want to blame anyone, blame the company, the owners, the team or Vince. Don't blame the guy who took the deal offered and is doing well for himself because of it.