AEW star Chris Jericho has recalled Vince McMahon’s reaction to his WWE WrestleMania 33 match against Kevin Owens.
The Kevin Owens 365 WWE Network documentary notably featured a clip of Vince McMahon telling Owens he was unhappy with the bout, immediately after the contest.
Speaking with Alex McCarthy of TalkSPORT, Jericho recalled McMahon giving him a ‘thumbs up’ following the match. Sharing his own opinion on the bout, Jericho said:
“He told Kevin it was the ‘worst match in WrestleMania history’ (laughs). I never heard anything about that. When I came through, Vince went (thumbs up), so I think he was on Kevin’s case at the time,” Jericho explained. “I think he was going through a phase where he thought maybe Kevin had some extra weight that he wanted him to lose or wasn’t happy with his work as a heel.
“Kevin is a very unique performer in that he’s amazing and he’s a bigger guy. Who cares? Mick Foley was a bigger guy, Vader was a bigger guy, Bam Bam Bigelow was a bigger guy. Didn’t affect their work, they were still great performers and Kevin is one of those guys.
“For whatever reason, Vince goes through phases where you just get stuck in his craw and he gets pissed off at anything you do and maybe that was one of his reasons. But yeah… the worst match in WrestleMania history?! I was like ‘have you not seen Giant Gonzalez vs The Undertaker!
“(the match) was great. And then the next match we had at the following pay-per-view was amazing as well. I wasn’t happy with that match because they had us on second at that WrestleMania which was the writing on the wall that they didn’t care about the feud.
“That was one of the best feuds that was originally meant to lead to the main event of WrestleMania and then it ends up on second. I just knew it was time for me to go. Little did I know I’d be gone forever, seemingly, but that’s how it goes.”
Owen’s WWE contract reportedly expires early next year. The former Universal Champion recently reacted to fan speculation that he’s unhappy in WWE.