Chris Jericho‘s last run with the WWE will best be remembered for two things: The List of Jericho, and his friendship with Kevin Owens – which turned sour and led to a match at WrestleMania 33.
Though the match itself was lacking in quality, Jericho helped put K.O. over. Owens has since become one of the main faces of the SmackDown brand – forming an entertaining feud with both AJ Styles and Shane McMahon.
But according to Jericho himself, the original plan was not for him to face his former “best friend” on the Grandest Stage of Them All. Appearing on the Inside The Ropes’ Podcast, Jericho revealed that he was actually supposed to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33:
“So I said (to Vince McMahon), ‘why don’t we have a title match at The Royal Rumble, me and Owens, and what if I win and he wins the next week?’ I think originally he was supposed to lose to Brock at WrestleMania.
And Vince finally came back to me, I don’t remember when it was, and he said, ‘I want you to beat Owens for the title at WrestleMania and then you lose to Brock’ and I said, ‘f–k yeah!’ And that changed the next week.”
Interestingly, Jericho also said he got into an argument with Triple H about how his friendship breakup with Owens should have gone down. Y2J said they didn’t rehearse the segment – and that a heated argument culminated in Triple H finally allowing Jericho to realize he was on “The List of K.O.” After the segment, Triple H admitted he was wrong and credited Jericho for how it went down.
We should probably be thankful that Lesnar didn’t face Jericho at WrestleMania 33. The storyline between Jericho and Owens was arguably the best of 2017 – and helped pave the way for K.O. to become a bigger star.
As for Lesnar, his match against Goldberg wasn’t exactly thrilling, but it was a nice way to lead the former WCW legend out of the ring once and for all. It also may lead to an epic clash against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34.
But the best part for Lesnar? He got to avoid being on The List of Jericho altogether.
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