Brock Lesnar and Chris Jericho Reportedly Get Into Backstage Fight at WWE Summerslam
Last night, at WWE Summerslam 2016, the main event between Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton ended in a controversial TKO stoppage when Lesnar cut Orton open with a stiff elbow to the head. Considering the amount of concussions Orton has had, as well as the amount of blood that poured out of Orton’s head following the shot, it’s no surprise that his colleagues would be concerned. But Chris Jericho took it a step further and got into a backstage confrontation with the former UFC champion.
Multiple sources, including Wrestling Inc. and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, are reporting that it all started when Jericho came back to the gorilla position at the end of the main event in order to find out if Orton was okay. He asked producer Michael “PS” Hayes if the TKO stoppage was the planned finish, but Hayes refused to give him an answer. In response, Jericho loudly declared, “That’s bulls***.”
This came right as Lesnar was walking through the curtain, so he thought Jericho was talking smack about his match. Lesnar told Jericho to shut his mouth and mind his own business, and the situation only escalated from there, as Jericho got into Brock’s face, pressing his forehead against Brock’s as the two men shouted at one another. One version of the story has Lesnar pushing Jericho with his fingers, and Jericho responding by shoving Lesnar against the wall. Reportedly, Lesnar told Jericho to either punch him or kiss him.
Triple H got between the two men to break things up, but Lesnar and Jericho continued to go at it, causing Vince McMahon to step in and break things up himself. Jericho shouted about Lesnar, and Vince assured him that the finish was all according to plan. He then ordered Jericho to be professional and let it go. Although Triple H stuck up for Jericho to Vince, saying Lesnar started the fight, it didn’t appear to have any effect on the outcome of the drama. After all, Lesnar is a part-timer, and Jericho is on the tail end of his career anyway. So what was WWE going to do other than maybe fine the men? Still, Jericho’s temper flared up again when he saw how bad Orton’s head gash was. Orton had to reassure Jericho that he knew what would happen out there, and that this was the planned finish all along.
On the one hand, I can understand why Jericho was upset, particularly since Orton is a friend. But Randy Orton is a grown-ass man. He doesn’t need Chris Jericho starting drama backstage like a PTA parent who’s mad that the big kids are playing with theirs too rough. I love Chris Jericho, but I’m with Lesnar here. This wasn’t really any of Jericho’s business.
But what do you think? Whose side are you on? Sound off in the comments!
And for more WWE news, read up on the injury to Finn Balor from last night’s Summerslam!