– Chris Jericho talked about informing Vince McMahon about his match at Wrestle Kingdom 12 against Kenny Omega in a new interview with Busted Open Radio. Audio and highlights are below.
On Vince’s reaction, Jericho said, “I know he wasnt upset because I called him six weeks before and told him. As soon as the deal was done, I would never surprise him like that. You know, I didnt ask him for his permission, but I didnt have to. I told him what was going on. To be quite frank with you, he was super excited about it.”
He went on to say, “See with Vince, he loves wrestling. Its what he knows best. Obviously his mission is to seek and destroy and kill every other company, but I think he secretly likes it when other companies do good, because it makes it better for his company. When Chris Jericho goes to New Japan, and everyone knows Im not a New Japan guy, Im a WWE guy, when Chris Jericho versus Kenny Omega headlines the Tokyo Dome, its not some kind of behind-the-scenes screwjob. Its taking a great opportunity and helping the business, helping Kenny Omega, helping New Japan, but guess what, it helps Chris Jericho, which in turn helps WWE. I think all of that is stuff you take into consideration. If it had been somebody else, I think Vince wouldnt have been happy, but once again, he knows where Im coming from. I would say you could count on one hand the amount of people that had done that over the years, as far as leaving for somewhere else and telling him about it first. I had no contractual obligation but it was respect for the guy that I still consider to be my boss, because I would never want to do him like that. Thatd be a pretty crappy thing to wake up one day and see that. I think it was the right move to do and I think he appreciated it.”