Chris Jericho On When He Found Out He Would Win Undisputed Championship, Not Having Retirement Match

Recently, What Culture caught up with WWE Superstar and Fozzy frontman, Chris Jericho. Among other things, Jericho talked about winning the Undisputed WWE Championship at WWE Vengeance (2001) and how he would like to end his professional wrestling career.

According to Jericho, he found out he was winning the Undisputed WWE Championship the day of the pay-per-view. That is why he did not have friends and family in the audience for the event. Jericho claimed that his title victory was not planned far in advance to his knowledge.

"I found out about it the day of the show, literally, that afternoon. And I'd heard, maybe, a couple of rumors about it here and there, but you never know and I'd heard rumors that other people were going to get it as well, so it was not a big, planned thing that you might expect, like, plans drawn out and dates and all that sort of stuff. Whether it was a last minute decision or it was something in the plans for a while, I knew about it that afternoon."

Jericho said he does not want a big sendoff when he retires from the squared circle. Instead, he would like to just walk away without any hoopla.

"There will never be a retirement match. I'll never have one. When I'm finished, it might be a house show in Wolverhampton [England], but when I'm done, I'll know it and that's it. There will be no retirement tour, no retirement match, no big WrestleMania sendoff. I don't believe in that either. I think when you're done, you're done and I don't need somebody to pat me on the back and say how great I am. I'd rather just ride off into the sunset and just disappear and that's probably what'll happen. It might've already happened. You don't know!"

In addition to these topics, Jericho discussed being an effective heel and when he started to get input into his storylines and character. You can watch the full interview in the video above. If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit What Culture with an H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.

Izzy contributed to this article.


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