Chris Jericho isn’t one to back down from anybody — even if that “anybody” is a former UFC heavyweight champion.
Confirming rumors of a verbal altercation between himself and Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam in August, Jericho took to his podcast to discuss what actually took place backstage following Lesnar’s match with Randy Orton.
“I just thought the finish of that match was very brutal and very violent and I just didn’t know if Randy was okay. And I was just checking on my friend,” he said on Chael Sonnen’s podcast (h/t Wrestling Inc.). “We have always been pretty close. And I said something. He said something. The next thing you know, we’re nose to nose, kind of yelling at each other.
“It diffused pretty quickly, but, I mean, listen, let’s make no bones about this. Brock is a trained fighter and he’s a beast, but I’m not the type of person to back down from anybody, to my detriment or harmful to my existence even. But hotheads fire off, we were in each other’s face, and that happens sometimes. I guess I kind of have a reputation for it too. I’ve never backed down.”
Lesnar’s main event match with Orton was the source of much controversy in the world of professional wrestling. Lesnar, about a month removed from his brief return to the UFC, was seen landing legitimate elbows to the top of Orton’s head, causing “The Viper” to begin bleeding profusely inside the ring.
Jericho, as he noted, wasn’t entirely sure if the elbows were planned or not. Turns out it was.