Chris Jericho recently recalled his WrestleMania 33 match with former “best friend” Kevin Owens, saying WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was disappointed with Owens after they went through the Gorilla.
In an interview with TalkSport, the “Demo God” said he believes McMahon was being hard on the former WWE Universal Champion after their match at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
“He told Kevin it was the worst match in WrestleMania history’ [laughs] I never heard anything about that. When I came through, Vince went [thumbs up], so I think he was on Kevin’s case at the time. I think he was going through a phase where he thought maybe Kevin had some extra weight that he wanted him to lose or wasn’t happy with his work as a heel.”
The 50-year-old also praised Owens’ work as a performer, comparing him to the likes of Mick Foley, Vader and Bam Bam Bigelow. Jericho put Owens over by saying that his size does not take anything away from his achievements as a great performer.
“Kevin is a very unique performer in that he’s amazing and he’s a bigger guy. Who cares? Mick Foley was a bigger guy, Vader was a bigger guy, Bam Bam Bigelow was a bigger guy. Didn’t affect their work, they were still great performers and Kevin is one of those guys.
“For whatever reason, Vince goes through phases where you just get stuck in his craw and he gets pissed off at anything you do and maybe that was one of his reasons. But yeah… the worst match in WrestleMania history?! I was like ‘have you not seen Giant Gonzalez vs The Undertaker!'”
Jericho said he believes the match was great and referred to his program with Owens as “one of the best feuds that was originally meant to lead to the main event of WrestleMania.”
“It was great. And then the next match we had at the following pay-per-view was amazing as well. I wasn’t happy with that match because they had us on second at that WrestleMania which was the writing on the wall that they didn’t care about the feud.”
The former AEW Champion said WWE not caring about the feud and their subsequent decision to change its placement on the card led to his departure from the company. The “Le Champion” went on to work with NJPW following his departure from WWE in 2018 and the rest, as they say, is history.
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