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For as interesting as pro wrestling can be in the ring and on camera, what happens behind the curtain is equally as fascinating, and perhaps even more so.
That's why it was so interesting to hear Chris Jericho reveal the behind-the-scenes goings on from his final night with WWE (for now) at Monday Night Raw on Aug. 20. He talked to the Busted Open radio show (via PWTorch) and revealed the plan to put his contract on the line against Dolph Ziggler wasn't put in place until about 10 minutes before showtime:
"I didn't know until the day I showed up, actually 10 minutes before Raw started in Fresno that we were doing this contract vs. contract thing. So, I didn't even know this was going to happen. I just figured I would have a match with Dolph and that would be the end of it. So, people who think that there is some long, drawn-out, plan, it really wasn't. It was about 10 minutes before the show started and I was like 'Oh, we are doing a contract vs contract thing? Oh okay.' So there you go, a little special behind the scenes look."
I'm not sure there are many people left who think there are long drawn out plans anymore. For starters, that goes against everything that gets reported from wrestling insiders, though they have track records sullied enough to put it in question. This would seem to be confirmation enough, not to mention various stories from writers and former members of the WWE creative team.
Jericho would later reveal there was no actual plan put in place for his feud with Ziggler. He was the one who came up with the idea for Ziggler to harp on his ability to win the big one and let them work off that.
So if you're wondering why the storylines on Raw can be so out of whack, here you go.