WWE management has, historically, held their wrestlers to the highest standards, rarely openly acknowledging past achievements.
This was certainly the case for Chris Jericho when he joined the company in 1999.
Speaking on the Jericho Chronicles Q&A session of his Talk is Jericho podcast, he said:
“I almost got fired about a month in, I got called into a meeting with Vince, JR, and Blackjack Lanza and Vince said ‘the problem with you is the drizzling s**ts’.”
The criticism of the recently signed Jericho didn’t stop there, however, with McMahon going on to apparently say:
“You’re not worth the paper your contract is printed on. You’re green as grass.”
Jericho had trained at the age of 19 in the Hart Brothers School of Wrestling and would compete on the independent circuit until he arrived in ECW in 1996.
He would gain interest from WCW in the same year and move to the company in August of 1996 until 1999.
In his later years with WCW, he would also debut for NJPW, before joining WWE in 1999.
With all of this in mind, Jericho’s response to McMahon was a somewhat measured one:
“I was like ‘Lighten up dude.’
“There was a lot of heat, shall we say.”
Chris Jericho was a consistent standout performer in WWE before moving to AEW in 2019.
He continues to be a pioneer of the business and an influential member of the AEW roster.
He’s the current ROH World Champion and will be facing Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli and Sammy Guevara for the title at AEW Full Gear on November 19.
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