Chris Jericho came under fire for sharing an Instagram photo that pays tribute to deceased wrestlers, Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit - who were close to Y2J in real life.
Comments on the photo included " you’re dedicated your match to someone that murdered his family? Nice Chris," and someone unfollowing Jericho, saying he was "blinded," by what Benoit did.
Jericho then shared an Instagram video, defending his decision and responding to the critics.
Chris Jericho responds to criticism regarding Instagram tribute to Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit (via IG: chrisjerichofozzy)
Chris Jericho responds to criticism regarding Instagram tribute to Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit (via IG: chrisjerichofozzy)Posted by Cageside Seats on Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Jericho said he received "smart ass remarks," of "great fan art," that somebody drew for him. He made it clear that he knew what Benoit what did, and that he "thinks about it every single day," and "was involved in it more than anyone." On top of that, he said he had his "reasons for doing what he was doing," and asked people to not make any smart ass comments.
But Jericho's biggest attack was on Ryan Satin, the editor of Pro Wrestling Sheet, calling him a "son of a bi*ch," and told him to "go f**k himself." Satin seemed somewhat starstruck by the remarks.
TFW you wake up from a nap and learn Chris Jericho told you to go fuck yourself. pic.twitter.com/rsNFTrDy9l— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) January 4, 2018
Jericho shared the video just hours before his match against Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12 for the New Japan Pro Wrestling promotion. It is one of the most hyped up matches in the history of wrestling, as two Winnipeg natives go toe-to-toe in one of the world's biggest cities, Tokyo.
Jericho's Instagram post drew outrage due to the horrific of Benoit murdering wife Nancy and son, Daniel, before committing suicide. Before the investigation was completed, WWE dedicated an episode of Monday Night Raw to Benoit. After the ruling of a double-murder and suicide, WWE moved away from Benoit and has since refused to acknowledge him.
For Jericho, he obviously didn't mean any harm with the post. He had a close and long-term friendship with both Guerrero and Benoit and was able to thoroughly explain his reasoning for sharing the photo on Instagram.