What's the story?
During a recent episode of 83 Weeks, show host Eric Bischoff discussed the memorable feud between Chris Jericho and Goldberg back in WCW, and during the episode, Bischoff revealed new details on why Chris Jericho was not a fan of the storyline's direction.
In case you didn't know...
The feud between Chris Jericho and Goldberg in WWE featured the inclusion of Gillberg, a comedy character enlisted by Jericho in order to poke fun at Goldberg and infuse humor into the angle between Jericho and Goldberg.
The angle also saw a number of other comedy tactics employed by Jericho, something Eric Bischoff claims Y2J was not a big fan of, favoring a more serious approach to the angle.
The heart of the matter
"There’s a layer of complexity that wasn’t revealed in [Jericho’s] book," Bischoff said. "And we touched on it. You know, Chris Jericho was a heel. He was playing a heel. It was a cool heel, and it was an entertaining heel. Just like the nWo was, in some respects. Sometimes in many respects. But he was still a heel. Bill Goldberg was still Bill Goldberg at that point. There was no way that match was going to end any other way than the heel poking the bear, getting his heat, poking the bear next week, getting more heat. And continuing to get that heat until the bear finally met him in the ring and the heel got beat. That’s the formula. Chris didn’t want to do that formula. Chris didn’t see it that way. And it became an issue. Chris wanted a legitimate angle. Not a comedic angle, not the one that you just laid out to me. He wanted to be figured in with Bill Goldberg in particular at that time. And we weren’t ready for that yet."
Goldberg will be returning to the ring this Sunday night at WWE SummerSlam when he faces Dolph Ziggler in a singles match. As for Chris Jericho, his next big match is set to take place at All Out, when he battles Hangman Page for the chance to become the very first AEW Champion.
How do you feel about Bischoff's take on Jericho vs Goldberg? Let us know in the comment section!Published 07 Aug 2019, 20:55 IST