Jim Ross has recalled how Chris Jericho ended up in a meeting with Vince McMahon for being “careless and unsafe” after giving Chyna a black eye.
“It [the meeting] was necessary because Vince had been convinced that Jericho was careless and that he wasn’t safe. He wasn’t safe with one woman in an intergender match… are you kidding? Yeah, I remember that. Going back on all of our notes, as I did last night, I just think that Vince is then able to go tell Triple H, who we were counting on – he was going to become a huge star, great heel – that, ‘I talked to Jericho, I got that cleared up.’ So that’s one squeaky wheel that moves on to something else. So I think that’s kind of what it was… Triple H’s influence.”
Ross revealed that he told Jericho how he was going to get heat for the incident.
“I just said, ‘You’re gonna get some heat over this deal.’ Jericho was undaunted. You couldn’t intimidate the little b*****d. He was fearless, and he knew that it was a potato. They happen all the time in wrestling. I don’t think it bothered him a hell of a lot. I’m sure he apologized, like a pro would.”
Jim Ross, who works with Chris Jericho in AEW, also spoke about how Triple H “had an agenda” against Jericho.
“Triple H probably didn’t like him because he’s shorter and he’s a hell of a hand, and somebody’s gonna get to figure out what he’s all about. I thought for a guy as smart as Paul Levesque [Triple H], and he is, and I saw he’s getting better from his heart issues, which is great. He’s so smart, hence why I named him the Cerebral Assassin on an entrance. There’s gotta be a motive there. There’s gotta be an agenda of some kind why Triple H would say that [Jericho needed to learn “the WWE style”], and I believe it was politically based. Now, he won’t agree with that.”