One of the most talked about fights from SummerSlam didn’t happen in the ring, or even during the four-plus hours the pay-per-view (PPV) took up on Aug. 21 in Brooklyn.
Neither Jericho or Lesnar have gone on record about what happened. The reports we received were essential hearsay... until now.
Y2J was a guest on the latest You’re Welcome! with Chael Sonnen podcast, and the always outspoken former mixed martial artist had no problem asking about the incident. While the Fozzy frontman did hold back specifics (sorry, no kissing), he did confirm that things got heated between the two men:
Any time something like that happens there’s always a lot of rumors and a lot of stories being told and that sort of thing but, I mean, not to get into specifics cause it’s basically between me and Brock, but, you know, we did have a little bit of a brouhaha, shall we say. I think that happens when you get guys that are in a sport such as ours, half-entertainment, half-real, half-not and you know I think you get... he had just come out of the ring, I had just come out of the ring an hour before or so, whatever, and I just thought the finish of that match was very brutal and very violent and I just didn’t know if Randy was okay, and I was checking on Randy, my friend - we’ve always been pretty close.
And I said something and he said something, next thing you know we’re nose-to-nose kind of yelling at each other and it defused fairly quickly. But I mean, listen, let’s make no bones about this - Brock is a trained fighter, and he’s a beast - but, you know, I’m not the type of person to back down from anybody... to my detriment or harmful to my existence even. But hotheads fire off and we’re in each other’s face and that happens sometimes. I guess I kind of have a reputation for it, too. I’ve never backed down and I think sometimes in the case of guys his size, they think most people are just gonna wilt and most people do but that’s not me, that’s not my background, that’s not what I came up from growing up where I grew up in Winnipeg and my dad’s lineage of being in the NHL... it’s just not what I do, so, like I said. I’m glad he didn’t eat me, but basically there was a face-to-face confrontation, and I’ll leave the rest between the two of us.
Sonnen thinks that’s great, claiming he prefers to speculate on things like this, but says he had to ask Jericho if reacting to the end of a scripted fight makes him a “mark”.
Y2J calms down a bit as his answer goes on, but it’s a reminder you don’t call pro wrestlers “marks”:
NO. It doesn’t make me a mark to go check on my friend. I wasn’t saying “what the hell’s going on with this finish!” I was just saying “is Randy okay?”
First of all, 26 years of being in the business, I can do whatever the f*** I want - I’m not a mark.
Listen, whatever the finish is is none of my business. Whatever they’re doing or whatever happens - listen, man, that’s the way it is. It’s not my business, it’s not my responsibility or my call. But, when I see a friend of mine lying in a pool of his own blood, whether it’s a work or not, that’s real blood, you know? That’s a real concussion that he suffered. So I want to go check and see if he’s okay because we’ve had a 15 year history and we’ve gotten into fights ourselves! That’s one of the guys I’ve been in the trenches with and will continue to be in the trenches with until the day one of us stops doing this. But I don’t think there’s ever anything wrong with checking on your friend, whether it’s a work or not.
If that makes me a mark, well then I guess I’m a mark for making sure that my friends are okay.
The first WWE unified champ also clarified that Orton didn’t inform him that the cut was part of the plan until after he confronted Brock, so that may have been part of “defusing” process he mentioned earlier. Jericho also confirms the Viper’s concussion kind of off-handedly, which is interesting.
Check out the whole podcast for lots more from Chael and Chris, and keep speculating (or wait for Jericho to tell the whole story in his fifth book, due out in 2021).