Chris Jericho is among the top wrestling talents in the WWE’s history, but maybe Vince McMahon didn’t think that highly of him before his first title win. Only The Rock can brag about having microphone skills on Y2J’s level, and few have as many championship belts as he does.
Jericho first joined the WWE in 1999 (coming over from WCW after being frustrated with how they used him), and didn’t need long to get over. Jericho shocked Triple H on the April 17, 2000, edition of Monday Night Raw, capturing the WWF Championship for the first time in his career.
However, many remember referee Earl Hebner being accused of a fast count by Triple H, and he was forced to erase the decision. But after all these years, Jericho revealed even more information as to why he was crowned the WWF Champion for the first time.
In an interview with Viktre.com, Jericho revealed savagery by Vince McMahon and other WWE employees in having him win the belt.
“I was told in the afternoon that I was going to win when Vince McMahon said to The Undertaker at the catering table: ‘Hey ‘Taker, how do you know the business is going down the toilet? Because we’re putting the belt on Jericho’ and that’s how I found out I was going to be the champion.”
But Jericho’s night didn’t get a whole lot better. He said all the superstars had left after the show, and Jericho had to go check into a Ramada Inn hotel in Anaheim. Jericho also said he missed the room service, so wound up having to order pizza and was locked out of his room until an employee finally let him in.
The good news for Jericho is that McMahon and the WWE locker room learned that he meant business immediately. Y2J became the very first Undisputed Champion and has won every WWE title available.
Jericho wound up being instrumental in helping WWE transition into the Attitude Era, which helped them take out WCW in the Monday Night Wars. It’s safe to say that he rebounded nicely after that forgetful first night as “WWF Champion.”
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