On Friday evening WWE Superstar Chris Jericho was involved in an altercation outside Irving Plaza in NYC. The altercation took place after an appearance at a tribute show for musician David Z, who was killed in a recent bus accident.
As you can see from the below video, Jericho was in the middle of a shouting match with another man who labeled himself a fan. A group of people surrounded both Jericho and this other man to ensure nothing escalated, which fortunately it did not. After being approached by a few fans for autographs and photos, Jericho obliged, but understandably mourning the loss of his friend, this was not one of those moments Jericho was in the mood to stand around all night signing things for fans. He started turning fans away.
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TMZ posted the above video which begins at the point of Jericho and the fan disagreeing and shows Jericho yelling at a guy. Jericho left without more than a few insults and bad language going back and forth. When the incident had calmed down, he released the following statement to TMZ:
"David Z was a good friend of mine and I was mentally and emotionally shattered after paying tribute to him and essentially saying goodbye to him Friday night."
"I was not in a good state of mind at that time and instead of ignoring a pushy (aka rude) fan which is what I would usually do, I snapped. My apologies to all involved and God bless David Z."
Jericho made a surprise return to the WWE a week ago Tuesday in a triple-threat match that saw him pinned by A.J. Styles. The specifics of Jericho's status on the WWE are not completely known.
Jericho has been known for leaving and returning to the WWE for periods at a time. Often trying to hide his future plans with the WWE, he's always admitted that when he does return he likes to wrestle full-time including house shows and live events. He's also been known to mix it up with fans and other wrestlers.
While Jericho is hugely popular, he has a history of out of the ring altercations. From his issues in the past with Goldberg and Brock Lesnar, he's also mixed it up with fans. This is not his first incident and he's publicly called rock music fans and WWE fans similar in many ways. Both are loyal, but both are direct and often in your face.