– Chris Jericho recently appeared on Busted Open Radio. Jericho discussed an incident where he almost got punished at the order of Stephanie McMahon due to an incident where he told fans to start throwing things after he got hit in the eye by a DX glow stick. Below are some additional highlights from the show (transcript via WrestlingInc.com).
Jericho on Vince McMahon being a great guy but also his boss: “He’s a great guy but he’s also a boss. If you do something he doesn’t like, he’s going to tell you and you’re going to have to pay the price. He also respects guys that have the same spirit he has, which is a rebel. If he wasn’t a rebel, there would be no WWE. Someone who’s willing to take a chance. Someone who’s going to put your money where your mouth is I think he liked that attitude. Anytime I came back at him for the right reasons, always respected. And sometimes for the wrong reasons, there’d be an argument and we’d hash it out.”
Jericho on the DX glow stick incident with Stephanie McMahon: “I’m doing my promo, typical heel stuff, everyone’s booing. Some dude hits me in the eyeball – it hit me hard. It pissed me off. And I was like ‘Alright, alright, you want to throw stuff at me? Everyone go ahead. Everyone start throwing stuff at me – come on. What do you got?’There is a snowstorm of these glow sticks. There must have been one hundred. I remember being like a ninja, like Sugar Ray Leonard boxing them out of the way. After the show, I was told that Stephanie [McMahon] wants me fined and she wants me suspended. Well Stephanie’s not my boss. I don’t give a s–t what Stephanie wants – you can tell her that. I called Vince and cut a promo on his answering machine. [I said], ‘I got heat out there. This is my job. This is what I’m here to do. At the end of the night, the babyface beat me. What’s the problem? You’re going to fine and suspend me for getting heat? Bring it on m-erf-er. Vince just texted me back with a little smiley face saying ‘calm down junior’. So the next day, at the Garden, he didn’t even mention it He said ‘There’s no problem”.
Jericho on how he and Vince are both rebels and ruffle feathers: “I don’t see it as causing problems. I see it has standing up for what I believe it. Ruffling feathers. That’s what does Vince does. He ruffles feathers. He always says ‘I don’t play well with others’ I don’t either. I don’t need somebody, and this is no disrespect to anybody, telling me what to do when they haven’t accomplished what I’ve done. And who tell me what to do when my idea is better and I know it. That pisses people off but it also gets results. I think that’s one of the reason why I’ve done so well there. I didn’t have a problem standing up for what I knew was right. And I also did know how to back off.”