What's the story?
Chris Jericho made an appearance on Busted Open Radio recently to discuss his most recent return, where he worked with AJ Styles and Kevin Owens in a triple threat match for the United States Championship. Jericho said that the botched finish of the Styles/Owens match at Battleground led to him working the triple threat match.
In case you didn't know...
Chris Jericho is a WWE Hall of Famer in waiting if ever there was one. Jericho made his WWE (then WWF) debut way back in August 1999, interrupting The Rock in one of the most famous debuts of all time.
Jericho went on to win pretty much everything there was to win in WWE, becoming the first ever Undisputed World Champion in December 2001 along the way. His appearances have become more sporadic over the years as he divides time between writing books and touring with his band, Fozzy.
Jericho's most recent return came on SmackDown Live back in July, when Y2J interrupted an argument between AJ Styles and Kevin Owens over the United States Championship. The three then battled in a triple threat for the title, which was won by Styles.
The heart of the matter
On Busted Open Radio Jericho spoke of how the awkward finish of Styles and Owens' match at Battleground led to him being inserted into the title picture. Y2J says that he was only supposed to work with AJ on SmackDown, but the triple threat came about as a way to move the title back from KO to The Phenomenal One.
"The idea was for me to work with AJ on Tuesday, do nothing with Kevin, and then the match happened on Sunday and they legitimately screwed it up, it happens sometimes, whatever happened didn't work. That's why they did the triple threat, because they had to get the belt back on AJ"
Jericho said that the botched finish of the pay-per-view match wasn't the reason for his appearance, however, as he was already scheduled to be in town because of his commitments to Southpaw Regional Wrestling.
The entire interview can be listened to here.
Fozzy has tour dates booked throughout the United States for the end of September and beginning of October, starting in Clarkesville on September 26 and ending in Winston-Salem on October 8. The band then move on to a European tour throughout October and November, ending in Belgium on November 18.
It is unlikely that Chris Jericho will be back in WWE until at least 2018, but never say never with Y2J.
The finish of the match between AJ Styles and Kevin Owens at Battleground has been discussed to death for whatever reason. The rivalry between AJ and KO was dragged down by bad finishes, although in this instance the triple threat it gave us was worth it. Jericho deserves some time off, although I'm pretty sure that such a concept does not exist in Y2J Land.
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