Chris Jericho has revealed that impressive lengths he had to go to in throwing a fireball at Eddie Kingston.
To say that the long-running rivalry between Eddie Kingston and Chris Jericho would be an understatement. The two men went to war for much of 2022 as part of waring factions and in singles action. The feud memorably came to a head in a brutal Barbed Wire Match in July on Dynamite.
During the rivalry Jericho threw a fireball at Kingston, before repeating the trick on Shota Umino, the NJPW protégé of Eddie’s on-again, off-again partner Jon Moxley.
Speaking during an appearance on the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Jericho recalled the lengths he had to go to just to make the spot happen. The new ROH World Champion explained that you need to have a magician’s licence to throw a fireball in Las Vegas, but his didn’t arrive in time, meaning he had to make a quick trip out of state.
“I had my magician’s license. You need that to throw a fireball in the vicinity of Vegas. The problem was it didn’t come in time, so we had to go outside the boundaries of Vegas to throw the fireball at the stagehand. ‘Guys, don’t tell me why it’s not going to work.’ My internal, ‘(Wayne) Gretzky stay ahead’ is we needed to throw another fireball today.
It’s at the peak. Next week would be too late. We figured it out, made it happen, the kid took the fireball, and now it’s a thing. I did it one more time with Shota Umino. That’s it. I never have to throw it again. I can fake it, I can tease it, or maybe I do. It’s now part of Chris Jericho canon.”
Chris Jericho made the first defence of his ROH World Championship on the 28th September edition of Dynamite where he defeated Bandido. After the match “The Ocho” declared war on ROH, vowing to destroy the promotion’s legacy and everyone associated with it.
H/t to WrestlingNewsCo for the transcription.