The in-Ring and Backstage Brawl Between Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar

January 15, 2021 7:02 pm

Chris Jericho started a backstage brawl with Brock Lesnar after the latter destroyed Randy Orton at SummerSlam 2016.

‘The Viper’ and ‘The Beast’ fought in a bloodbath at the biggest party of the summer. However, the finish was executed brutally when Lesnar left Orton lying in a pool of his own blood. This enraged and confused Chris Jericho at the same time.

Back in the Gorilla, he was trying to understand if what happened was supposed to happen, and nobody was giving him any answers. He wanted to ensure Orton was alright. During this time, when he was in a state of utter rage, Lesnar shoved him, causing additional fire.

Chris Jericho is not one to back down from any fight. Therefore, when ‘The Beast’ pushed him, Jericho was ready to fight him then and there. He explained how he felt during a podcast.

“Listen, let’s make no bones about this, Brock is a trained fighter, and he’s a beast. I’m not the type of person to back down from anybody — to my detriment. Hothead fire off and we were in each other’s face and that happens sometimes. I guess I kind of have a reputation for it too, I never back down. In the case of guys his size, they think people are just going to wilt, and most people do … I’m glad he didn’t eat me. Basically, there was a face-to-face confrontation and I’ll leave the rest between the two of us.”

LAS VEGAS – JULY 03: Brock Lesnar reacts after his second round submission of Shane Carwin to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship Unification bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 3, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Chris Jericho explains why he reacted to the finish

The situation was diffused fairly quickly when Vince McMahon and Triple H got involved; nevertheless, Jericho stood by his actions. He clarified that his reaction stemmed from concern for Randy Orton, and he understood the sequence when it was later explained to him that it was planned.

“Listen, whatever the finish is none of my business. Whatever they’re doing or whatever happens, listen man, that’s the way it is. It’s not my business, it’s not my responsibility or my call — but, when I see a friend of mine lying in a pool of his own blood, whether it’s a work or not, that’s real blood. That’s a real concussion that he suffered.”

OSAKA, JAPAN – JUNE 09: Chris Jericho looks on during the Dominion 6.9 In Osaka-Jo Hall of NJPW on June 09, 2019 in Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

While this situation did not escalate to a dangerous level, it created a real-life mutual dislike between the two pro-wrestlers.

While SummerSlam 2016 would have been the first real fight between Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar, they have had a couple of confrontations inside the ring.

Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar in-ring fight

On an episode of Monday Night Raw in 2014, Paul Heyman and Chris Jericho verbally faced off in the ring over a matter of $200. Y2J wanted to settle the matter using a fight, and Heyman didn’t.

It so happened that Jericho should have accepted the deal. Ultimately, it wasn’t Heyman who fought Jericho, but Brock Lesnar.

Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury is a WWE author at Essentially Sports since early 2020. She has been actively following the sport since 2012. Some of her all-time favourite pro-wrestlers are Triple H, The Undertaker, The Rock, Roman Reigns, and Sasha Banks. Her primary field of study is Management Accounting which she pursued from Royal Holloway, University of London. Currently, she is focusing her energy on content production.

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