We’ve heard how Chris Jericho pulled off his latest pro wrestling sneak attack at ALL IN, and seen him rocking out in Pentagon Jr. make-up 500 miles away from attacking Kenny Omega in Chicago later on the night of Sept. 1.
But why did the IWGP Intercontinental Champion break his personal rule about only working for Vince McMahon and WWE in the United States?
On the latest episode of his podcast, Talk is Jericho, Y2J broke it down:
“Month’s ago when ALL IN was announced, Cody called me and said, ‘Do you want to be involved?’
And I said, ‘No, I’m not really wanting to work any shows in the states that aren’t WWE shows. For various reasons. I just didn’t feel it was where I was at career-wise. So I told him I appreciated the offer, but I’m not gonna do it. I also got asked to do Long Beach and those New Japan and all that other stuff as well, so that was kind of the thing. But over the course of the last few months, my mindset’s kind of changed a bit to where I’m enjoying being a part of this kind-of new revolution of wrestling that’s going on... So I just thought, well, you know, I’ll consider it, but the idea has to be right.
So Cody called me again and originally asked me if I wanted to be Burnard the Bear. I guess sometimes people will take off the bear mask and... so the idea was maybe do something in the main event where The Bucks come down with Burnard the Bear or something and then I attack Kota Ibushi, obviously Kenny’s partner in The Golden Lovers. I was like, ‘Why don’t I attack Kenny?’ It was like, well, it’s not really an angle match and whatever - we just couldn’t figure it out, it’s like, ‘Nah, I’m not really interested in it.’
And then Cody called me again and I was like, started thinking, ‘I wonder if I could make this work?’ And we started kicking around some ideas and the idea was, ‘Well what if I can come in earlier in the show and attack Kenny?’ Cause that’s the idea of kind of keeping this angle alive from the Tokyo Dome to the cruise and maybe elsewhere. And I just thought, ‘What a great way of kind-of last minute promotion for the cruise?’”
It’s a combination of things we’ve heard in the past. Jericho is digging his role as father-figure to and trailblazer for the wrestlers carving out a career for themselves in places other than The ‘E. And the man will not pass up an opportunity to promote his ventures, in this case Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager at Sea, where he and Matt & Nick Jackson will wrestle as The Alpha Club for the first time against Omega’s Bullet Club trio of himself, Hangman Page and Marty Scurll.
Surprised by this explanation, or is it pretty much what you expected?
Listen to the whole episode here, where Jericho also talks about how much Nick’s idea to dress as Penta because it tied back to his history of attacking dudes while wearing other dudes’ masks (Bushi on Tetsuya Naito in New Japan, Seth Rollins as Sin Cara in WWE), and let us know what you think below.