Even though the WWE is a scripted entertainment show, things don’t always go as planned.
In this case, back on July 23, 2017, during SmackDown Live’s Battleground pay-per-view, Kevin Owens was not supposed to defeat AJ Styles for the United States Championship. But the match ended after referee Brian Nguyen ended up issuing a three-count on Styles while KO had him in a submission hold. There was plenty of confusion to go around, both on the internet as well as inside the wrestling ring.
The next Tuesday, Chris Jericho ended up fixing everything by helping Styles win a Triple Threat match that included Kevin Owens by getting pinned, which allowed Styles to get the US title back.
“The idea was for me to work with AJ on Tuesday, and do nothing with Kevin. And then the match happened on the Sunday and they legitimately screwed it up, it happens sometimes – the finish didn’t work… whatever happened,” said Jericho.
“And then there’s all these stories… no, there was never [an emergency phone call from WWE] – I was just gonna be there to play Clint Bobski [during filming of the ‘second tape’ of Southpaw Regional Wrestling] and they’re like, well, put me on the show. That’s why they did the Triple Threat, because they had to get the belt back on AJ because of the screw-up on the weekend.”
There you go.
You have to give Vince McMahon and the WWE some credit for figuring out a way for them to get Styles his belt back. When it comes to Jericho, there’s no doubt that he’s a WWE Hall of Famer. And him willing to help Styles is just another reason he’s one of the best ever.
It’s amazing that it’s been 18 years since Jericho made his WWE debut back in 1999. He became the first ever undisputed World Champion in December of 2001. It’s unfortunate that we don’t get to see more of Jericho, but he’s a busy guy as he continues to tour with his band “Fozzy.”
It’s unfortunate that we don’t get to see more of Jericho, but he’s a busy guy as he continues to tour with his band Fozzy. If you want to see Jericho back on a WWE show, it may not happen until 2018 with his band booked with their tour that will extend all the way to Europe and ends in mid-November.
When it comes to Styles though, he’s regarded as one of the best wrestlers in the world and got his first major exposure with the WCW in 2001. He really broke out when he left for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2002.
Styles turned down a development contract with the WWE in 2002 and ended with McMahon and company in 2016.
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