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Chris Jericho on Vince McMahon’s Negative Feedback to Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 33

October 20, 2021 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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talkSPORT’s Alex McCarthy recently interviewed AEW star Chris Jericho, who shared some details about his WrestleMania 33 match with Kevin Owens. Owens beat Jericho to capture the US title at the event. However, after the match, Owens went looking to Vince McMahon for feedback on the matchup, and the WWE Chairman appeared to be disappointed, as seen in the WWE Network documentary, WWE 365: Kevin Owens.

According to Jericho, though, McMahon actually gave him the thumbs up after the match, and he thinks McMahon was just not high on Owens at the time due to his weight and performance. Below are some highlights:

Jericho on how Vince McMahon gave him a thumbs up on the match when he went to the back: “He told Kevin it was the ‘worst match in WrestleMania history’ [laughs]. I never heard anything about that. When I came through, Vince went [thumbs up], so I think he was on Kevin’s case at the time.”

Jericho on why he thinks McMahon reacted that way to Owens: “I think he was going through a phase where he thought maybe Kevin had some extra weight that he wanted him to lose or wasn’t happy with his work as a heel. Kevin is a very unique performer in that he’s amazing and he’s a bigger guy. Who cares? Mick Foley was a bigger guy, Vader was a bigger guy, Bam Bam Bigelow was a bigger guy. Didn’t affect their work, they were still great performers and Kevin is one of those guys. For whatever reason, Vince goes through phases where you just get stuck in his craw and he gets pissed off at anything you do and maybe that was one of his reasons. But yeah… the worst match in WrestleMania history?! I was like ‘have you not seen Giant Gonzalez vs The Undertaker!”

Chris Jericho on his matches with Owens: “It was great. And then the next match we had at the following pay-per-view was amazing as well. I wasn’t happy with that match because they had us on second at that WrestleMania which was the writing on the wall that they didn’t care about the feud. That was one of the best feuds that was originally meant to lead to the main event of WrestleMania and then it ends up on second. I just knew it was time for me to go. Little did I know I’d be gone forever, seemingly, but that’s how it goes.”