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UPDATE FOR EVERYONE WHO HAS ASKED ABOUT THE JERICHO VS. BROCK STORY

By Mike Johnson on 2016-08-23 01:26:00

We've received a lot of email this evening about a story first reported by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer that there was a confrontation between Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar following Summerslam last night.  I was at Raw, so I didn't have time to source the story myself until the taping was over, but in asking around, I am told that the story is indeed correct.

To set the stage for why the issue happened, believe it or not, the finish to Summerslam's main event went exactly as it was booked.  While the blood was not part of the planned finish, we are told that the TKO was the planned finish and that the show was only timed to go a few minutes longer than it actually did. 

Jericho, not knowing the finish as the company had tried to smartly keep it under wraps (WWE did such a good job of it that I received the most questions from people within the company about whether that was a planned finish since the night Vince McMahon's limo blew up on Raw years ago), went to the gorilla position to check on the condition of Randy Orton following the TKO finish against Brock and was "annoyed" by the idea that perhaps Orton had been legitimately hurt by Lesnar.

There have been a few versions of what happened next floating around since Meltzer's initial report but the version that has been relayed to me that most feel is correct is that Lesnar (perhaps not realizing that Jericho was upset) made a comment that exacerbated the situation with Jericho then confronting Brock and even "backing him up." 

It was described to me by someone I spoke to that at that point, each of them them waited for the other to throw a first punch with Lesnar allegedly remarking that Jericho should either punch him or kiss him.

WWE management, including Triple H and Vince McMahon, eventually got involved and separated the pair.  There was a lot of talk in the back today about what a badass Jericho was for stepping to Lesnar, although given that Jericho had once confronted and took down Goldberg during a backstage confrontation in WWE, that shouldn't really be news to anyone.

There did not seem to be any heat on Jericho at Raw I was told and it was seen as "boys being boys" with tempers flaring.  Basically, Jericho was upset that Orton may have been hurt and didn't appreciate the way Lesnar responded to it.    Lesnar flew home Monday AM, so even if there was heat on him, he was gone anyway.

So, for those who emailed me during Raw, the story was indeed correct.

 

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