Chris Jericho Tells Story Regarding Last Year's WrestleMania

Jericho Explains How Lesnar Wanting To Work With Goldberg Affected His WM33 Plans

Chris Jericho spoke about some interesting WWE-related topics during the latest episode of his Talk Is Jericho podcast.

Once again, Jericho discussed plans for him to win the WWE Universal Championship from his “best friend,” Kevin Owens, at WrestleMania 33.

“[I]t was in November [2016] maybe, Vince [McMahon] said, ‘Okay, at WrestleMania it’s you and Kevin Owens for the world title [Universal Title]. You’re gonna win the world title at WrestleMania,'” Jericho recalled. “‘Wow, winning the world title at WrestleMania?'”

At that point, according to Jericho, the plan was for him to drop the title to Brock Lesnar at the WWE Payback pay-per-view immediately after WrestleMania 33.

“[Vince] goes, ‘Yeah. You’ll lose it the next pay-per-view to Brock [Lesnar].’ I’m like, ‘That’s cool!’ And for me I’d never won the title as a babyface either, ever. It’s been six times but always as a heel,” said Jericho. “So this was kind of like, ya know, we’re not marks here, but it’s a pretty cool thing. Let’s be honest.”

As is often the case in the world of sports entertainment, and in WWE in particular, plans ended up changing as things went along.

“One week later Survivor Series happens, Brock versus Goldberg,” said Jericho. “Goldberg beats Brock in a minute. And that’s when Brock went, ‘I can work with this guy [Goldberg]. I want to work with him. I’ll lose in a minute, but only if I can beat him for the title at WrestleMania.’ And Vince had to make a decision: what’s the bigger box office? Ya know and obviously it was Brock and Goldberg, and Chris and Kevin take back seat.”

Check out the complete episode of Chris Jericho’s “Talk Is Jericho” podcast at

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