Chris Jericho picked up a kayfabe injury at the hands of the WWE United States champion Kevin Owens. The incident took place on the first episode of Smackdown after WWE Payback.
The feud between Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens resulted in one of the most anticipated matches of WrestleMania 33. Kevin Owens defeated Chris Jericho at the grandest stage of them all to earn his first US championship. At Payback, Owens lost to Jericho and lost the title to Y2J as well. As a result, Jericho brought the US championship to Smackdown Live.
On the following episode of Smackdown, Jericho defended his newly won US Championship against Kevin Owens. Owens not only won the title but beat Jericho down badly which resulted in a kayfabe injury.
Jericho has not been seen in WWE since then. For those who did not know about this departure from Jericho, he actually took time off for his band tour with Fozzy. His newly recorded song ‘Judas’ was the official theme of NXT Takeover Chicago.
The former six times World Champion recently spoke to Uproxx where he talked about his time off and latest run. Some highlights are given below;
When he knew it was time for his last WWE run to end:
“For this one [WWE run], I knew that it was time to go because you get to a certain level, then you turn babyface, and then that’s where you start having problems, because with the baby face you either win the title and you’re John Cena, or you start going down through the ranks. And that wouldn’t work for me, for this character, with the Jericho character. I’ve always been better as a heel. That’s my wheelhouse.
“And then people start liking you, so you switch, but then it’s only a short amount of time when that stuff that they loved you doing as a heel, that they love as a baby … ‘It’s just a parody of himself.’ And I don’t want to deal with that s–t. I don’t want to deal with the hardcore fans and stuff like that. I had fun with it, I knew it was time to go. I have people saying, ‘When are you coming back to wrestling?’ It’s been 3 weeks.”