Chris Jericho knows in his heart that he is worthy of the main event at almost any show he’s ever wrestled on. At WrestleMania 33, Jericho had huge match with Kevin Owens. The pair’s ongoing storyline included the memorable Festival of Friendship segment that fans remember very fondly.
Jericho wasn’t thrilled with the way the match was booked. In particular, the Demo God found it insulting that the match went on second. At the time, there was only one night of WrestleMania. The second spot was known among the locker room as “the death spot.”
Chris talked about his feelings on the match and its unfortunate placement on a recent appearance on The Kurt Angle Show. Y2J went into detail about how upset he was when he found out the plan. Jericho said it was a slap in the face.
“The reasons I thought it was cool was because the story was there and it was the right thing to do. When he changed it to Brock and Goldberg, I was disappointed but once again, what am I going to do? It is what it is but what really bummed me out is they put us on second. Kurt will tell you, second, is a death spot. You don’t want to be there, you couldn’t put us on first? You couldn’t put us in a semi-main event? If you want us to do the World Title match, then give us the spot.
If you can’t go on last, the next best place is to go first, and if you can’t go first then semi-main event. Those are your three spots. And to go on second is a real slap in the face, it really is. If you look at any card, second is the worst spot to be in and more importantly, he sent me a message. I don’t see what else I could do, I felt the same when I left WCW. I had this great story with Goldberg, everybody was into it and Bischoff didn’t want to do it, Goldberg didn’t want to do it and if they’re not going to go with this, they’re probably not going to go with anything else I can think of.
I felt the same with the Kevin thing, I can’t go any higher than this and if Vince sees me as a second match guy, that’s where I’ll be my entire career so I need to split and that’s what I did. Not bitter, not angry, no problems but it was disappointing. But, as I’ve always done, if I don’t feel it’s the right place to be, I leave. That’s the way to do it and that’s what I did.”
Chris Jericho remains a big draw for All Elite Wrestling to this day. The WrestleMania match with Kevin Owens was a huge catalyst for why he left WWE. Jericho seems much happier with his place on the card as the veteran leader in AEW.
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