When Chris Jericho and Mike Tyson met face-to-face on “Dynamite” this week, Jericho harkened back to an angle that the two ran over a decade ago … now “Le Champion” has weighed in on criticism towards AEW for continuing a storyline that happened in WWE.
“It’s a WWE angle? It’s a Chris Jericho angle,” he said in an interview with ESPN‘s Marc Raimondi. “I was there. I don’t just wash away my entire 19-year history with the WWE. That’s ludicrous. Anybody criticizing that this was a WWE angle and we brought it over here – this is my life. It’s my story.”
For those who don’t recall … Jericho and Tyson teamed up to take on Triple H and Shawn Michaels on an episode of Raw in 2010. Tyson, however, turned on Jericho by knocking him out with a right hook to align himself with D-Generation X.
Jericho’s character still harbors a grudge all these years later and this week on Dynamite he asked Tyson to apologize. This led to a big altercation at the end of the program leading to speculation that “Iron Mike” could be sticking around.
As for how the segment played out, Jericho said he and AEW just let Tyson go.
“I know what to expect. A guy like him, he’s a firecracker, man. He’s a loose cannon as an entertainer, as a performer. You don’t give Mike Tyson a script. You don’t rehearse something with Mike Tyson,” Chris said. “You just go out there. He’s going to do whatever the f*ck he wants to do no matter what. And that’s cool. I have 30 years of being in the ring and I can guide that.”
Regarding the future, Jericho thinks the possibilities are endless and everybody involved is open to it. “Obviously, the idea is to do something more. That’s the thought process, I think between both parties. What it is at this moment, we’re thinking and discussing. Look, Chris Jericho versus Mike Tyson in a wrestling match, in a street fight, in a boxing match, would be big,” he added.
Jericho, by the sounds of it, is more than willing to enter Tyson’s world. “I know how to box. I would win fights on my own against people of my skill level,” he told ESPN. “So if that’s what he wants to do, that works too. Whatever he feels comfortable with, I can make it good. That’s what I do for a living. That’s what I’ve been doing for 30 years.”