Chris Jericho recently recalled an awkward encounter with Vince McMahon, who was displeased at Jericho snapping a picture of a sleeping WWE Chairman.
The former Undisputed Champion was joined on a recent episode of ‘Talk is Jericho’ by recently departed WWE star Paul Wight, formally known as The Big Show. The pair, who teamed up as ‘Jerishow’ in WWE recalled stories of their time with the company. During the conversation, Jericho recalled taking a picture of a sleeping Vince McMahon, who made him delete it immediately:
“He hates it when people see him sleeping. I took a picture of him sleeping on one of those trips and I showed him. And I said, ‘You actually do sleep.’ He didn’t laugh, he didn’t smile. He said, ‘Delete that now.’ I was like, ‘Okay, crazy man.’ He didn’t find it funny.”
Rumours of the chairmans backstage behaviours have been a highly discussed topic amongst wrestling fans for years. From McMahon’s apparent hatred for sneezing, to his love of backstage pranks.
Chris Jericho shocked the world of professional wrestling in January 2019 by signing with All Elite Wrestling. A mainstay in WWE for years prior, Jericho had previously expressed his desire to never wrestle in the United States for anyone other than WWE.
In a similar vein, Paul Wight made his shocking debut with AEW in February 2021. This appearance and subsequent signing with the company would end a 21 year working relationship with WWE. Discussing the venture with Jericho, Wight acknowledged it was time for a change. And, despite signing for another wrestling promotion, there is no bad blood between WWE and the former Big Show:
“I knew the writing had changed for me and Vince in our relationship because for years I was always Show. In the last year it’s been Paul, so that’s a subtle thing in his mind where he’s already shipping me off to Shady Pines [retirement home], you know what I mean? Paul’s just a guy, Paul’s his friend.
There’s no animosity, there’s no heat there at all. He called me, he said, ‘Congratulations, you’re gonna do fantastic over there. You’re really gonna help their company. You have a lot to help here.’ It was a very classy, classy move.”
Although Wight has expressed interest in stepping into the ring in AEW, the seven footer is also turning his attention to the broadcast booth. Both Wight and Jericho have made appearances behind the commentators desk for the company, with Wight making his commentary debut on the inaugural episode of AEW Dark: Elevation.
h/t transcriptions: Sportskeeda