Source: You're Welcome With Chael Sonnen
Recently on You're Welcome With Chael Sonnen, professional wrestling legend Chris Jericho spoke about his behind-the-scenes altercation with 'The Beast Incarnate' Brock Lesnar following the abrupt and bloody finish to WWE SummerSlam's main event match between Lesnar and 'The Viper' Randy Orton.
"Well, anytime something like that happens, there's always a lot of rumors and a lot of stories being told and that sort of thing. But, I mean, not to get into specifics, between me and Brock, but we did have a little bit of a brouhaha, shall we say. And I think that happens when you get guys that are in a sport such as ours. It's half entertainment and half real and half not. And I think you get he had just come out of the ring. I had just come out of the ring an hour before, so whatever. And I just thought the finish of that match was very brutal and very violent and I just didn't know if Randy was okay. And I was just checking on my friend. We have always been pretty close. And I said something. He said something. The next thing you know, we're nose to nose, kind of yelling at each other.
"It diffused pretty quickly, but, I mean, listen, let's make no bones about this. Brock is a trained fighter and he's a beast, but I'm not the type of person to back down from anybody, to my detriment or harmful to my existence even. But hotheads fire off, we were in each other's face, and that happens sometimes. I guess I kind of have a reputation for it too. I've never backed down. And I think in the case sometimes of guys his size, they think that most people will wilt and most people do, but that's not me. That's not my background. That's not what I came up from, coming up from Winnipeg [Manitoba], and my dad's lineage of being in the NHL, and it's just not what I do, so, like I said, I'm glad he didn't eat me. Basically, there was a face to face altercation. And, like I said, I'll leave the rest between the two of us."
When asked by Sonnen whether Jericho was being a mark for being taken in by the match's abrupt conclusion, the master of 'The Saskatchewan Spinning Nerve Hold' indicated that he was not concerned about the finish. Rather, he was concerned about the health of his bloodied friend.
"Afterwards [Orton told Jericho that the match went down as planned], yeah, but it doesn't make me a mark to go check on my friend. I wasn't saying, 'what the hell is going on with this finish?' I just was saying, 'is Randy okay?' That's what I did. And first of all, in 26 years of being in the business, I can do whatever the f--k I want. I'm not a mark. Second would be, I was just seeing how my friend was.
"Listen, whatever the finish is is not my business. Whatever they're doing or whatever happens. Listen, man, that's the way it is. It's not my business. It's not my responsibility or my call. But, when I see a friend of mine laying in a pool of his own blood, whether it's a work or not, that's real blood. That's a real concussion that he suffered. So I want to go check to see if he's okay because we've had a 15-year history and we've gotten into fights ourselves. That's one of the guys I've been in the trenches with and will continue to be in the trenches with till the day one of us stops doing this. But I don't think there's ever anything wrong with checking on your friend whether it's a work or not. If that makes me a mark, well, I guess I'm a mark for making sure my friends are okay."
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