The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported on Monday that there was an extremely heated backstage altercation between Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar following SummerSlam’s main event.
Apparently Jericho didn’t know if the bloody TKO finish was actually the planned finish of the Lesnar vs. Orton match, and he reportedly thought that Lesnar was shooting on Orton in the final moments of SummerSlam’s main event. After the match, Jericho demanded answers on what the planned finish was, but he didn’t get any, which infuriated him.
The Observer’s report claims that Lesnar heard Jericho trying to get answers when he walked back through the curtain, which caused Lesnar to tell Jericho off. Of course, Jericho didn’t appreciate Lesnar’s attitude towards him, and the two got into a very physical altercation backstage, and they had to be pulled apart by both Triple H and Vince McMahon. After Lesnar and Jericho were separated, McMahon told Jericho that the bloody TKO finish was, in fact, the planned finish.
— Wrestling Observer (@WONF4W) August 22, 2016
Now, Cageside Seats has provided new details on the Lesnar vs. Jericho backstage fight, which you can check out below.
- Jericho demanded answers on the Lesnar vs. Orton match, thinking it was a shoot.
- Lesnar told him to mind his own business.
- Jericho got really upset about this and continued demanding answers.
- Lesnar pushed him.
- Jericho rushed Lesnar.
- Lesnar kissed Jericho on the forehead before saying “kiss me back, p***y.”
- Jericho got in his face again.
- Lesnar held his arms behind his back and said “hit me or kiss me, b***h.”
- The confrontation was then broken up.
- It was still heated enough that Vince McMahon got involved and told Jericho, who was still thinking he saw a shoot, that it was a work.
Jericho wasn’t the only one who questioned the finish of the SummerSlam main event, however, it seems that he is the only one who believed that it was a shoot.
Many believed that the blood wasn’t planned, simply because WWE doesn’t allow blood anymore. But apparently, there are different rules for Brock Lesnar, because we see blood in almost every single one of his matches. Some were also wondering if the elbow to Orton’s forehead which caused the cut gave “The Viper” a concussion, because he looked like he was knocked out cold at the end of the match. But Orton didn’t suffer a concussion, and the only medical attention he needed at the end of the night was ten staples in his head to close up the brutal cut.
— WWE (@WWE) August 22, 2016
Will the backstage altercation between Jericho and Lesnar lead to an on-screen angle? Probably. The two men are on the same brand, and as of this moment, Lesnar doesn’t have an opponent for his next match, which will likely be at the Royal Rumble in January.
Jericho and Lesnar have never faced each other in a one-on-one match before, so it would definitely be a big deal if WWE were to pair them up for a future pay-per-view, especially if they used the backstage altercation in the storyline leading up to the match.
We should find out more details on the backstage altercation on Wednesday’s Talk is Jericho podcast, unless WWE told Jericho to not talk about it, which is unlikely. We’ll also probably find out more details on Tuesday’s Wrestling Observer Radio with Dave Metlzer and Bryan Alvarez.
So far, neither Lesnar or Jericho has been hit with any kind of punishment, and they probably won’t be. But in the long run, the altercation will probably turn out to be a good thing for both men, because it’ll almost certainly lead to a match between them at some point in the near-future.
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