In the weeks following SummerSlam, news and rumors were swirling about an altercation that happened backstage after the event between Brock Lesnar and Chris Jericho. Apparently, almost everyone had been kept in the dark about the finish to the main event match between Lesnar and Randy Orton, which left Orton concussed and requiring 10 staples in his scalp.
Jericho apparently took exception to what he thought was Lesnar taking liberties with Orton. An exchange between the two got quite heated and reportedly required both Triple H and Vince McMahon to intervene and put an end to it. On MMA fighter Chael Sonnen’s most recent podcast, Jericho opened up about the whole incident.
“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.”
I think we can all be glad that Jericho wasn’t, in fact, eaten by Lesnar. Especially because Jericho is increasingly the best part of Raw every week. Besides, who does Lesnar think he is going around eating people; Matanza?
(Many thanks to the lovely people over at Cageside Seats for the transcript)