Revealed: How Much Money Chris Jericho Received For Greatest Royal Rumble Appearance?
Chris Jericho is one of the busiest names in the pro-wrestling circuit nowadays. He has spent more than 25 years in this business to become a legend in this industry. But to date, he is more than just an active performer in comparison to his contemporaries. This is the reason we often mention him as the GOAT (Greatest of all-time). He has been doing a lot to bring entertainment to the wrestling fans.
First and foremost, Chris Jericho is an active competitor outside the WWE. New Japan Pro-wrestling is his new home where he is the current IWGP Intercontinental Champion. This makes him a ten-time IC title-holder counting the WWE reigns, as well. Plus, he is touring with his Fozzy rock-band, globally. Also, he hosted a Jericho Cruise in October to bring different promotions under one roof.
Impact Wrestling, Ring of Honor and NJPW’s world champions performed on one deck that was a rare thing. Apart from these, Y2J also pulled off a couple of appearances in the WWE in this year. He was back to attend the 25th anniversary of WWE Monday Night Raw in Brooklyn, New York. Furthermore, he also attended the Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia.
It’s no secret that the desert country’s sports authority has made a multi-million deal with the WWE earlier this year. So the performers at Greatest Royal Rumble received fat paychecks for working at that night. Even a current outside of the company like Chris Jericho received a huge amount for a one-off appearance.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter revealed that WWE gave him $100000 for the Greatest Royal Rumble appearance. Chris Jericho had a short segment on the show by appearing at number 50 during the top rope battle royal. But he still managed to receive a big amount to his account.
Initially, WWE announced a solid match for the Greatest Royal Rumble event featuring The Undertaker and Chris Jericho. But the card changed at the last moment as Rusev replaced Jericho in the match. So the veteran had to do a short role in the Greatest Royal Rumble match. Here are the reasons behind this switch clarified by the legend himself, (courtesy sescoops.com)
“I would think that possibly knowing Vince, from once again New Japan is an enemy. if it’s gonna make any difference? No, but to him, like I said if it takes one buy from Network that goes to New Japan World, it’s the enemy. I think that he probably thought ‘i’m not gonna put Jericho in this highlight match where he has the chance to steal the show, I know him and Undertaker will kill it. I don’t wanna do that.’”
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