Chris Jericho On Feeling ‘Double-Crossed’ Following WrestleMania Loss To Fandango

Chris Jericho squared off against Fandango at WrestleMania 29, where he put over his opponent. It seems Jericho was not so keen on having the match.

Jericho spoke to  Inside The Ropes, where he revealed that he was scheduled to face Fandango at WrestleMania, but he did not feel up to it. Vince McMahon was adamant about him doing the match and making people care about it.

“‘And who am I gonna be working?’ He’s like, ‘Chris, I’m gonna have you work with this new guy, Fandango.’ I’m like, ‘Oh that’s the guy with the sh*tty, stupid vignettes,’ and I couldn’t believe it. I wasn’t incensed. I was like, ‘What are you talking about, Fandango!? This guy doesn’t even have a match yet.’ Vince was like, ‘I know but he’s the new guy and he’s gonna debut at WrestleMania versus Chris Jericho, versus Y2J. What a great way to start a career,’ and I was like, ‘No!’”

“I can’t believe now, thinking back how mad I was. Like it’s his f*cking company. Vince can put me in there with whoever he wants. I can’t be mad about it but I was so insulted and angry and I was like, ‘I can’t work with Fandango.’ He goes, ‘Don’t worry, just take 90 percent of the match and then do the finish.’”
Following the match, Jericho stormed to Vince McMahon. He revealed he felt double-crossed by him until he realized he was not going to win the match.

“Comes time for WrestleMania, second match on the show. It wasn’t a great match but it was a good match. People were going nuts for it and they believed in Fandango and the finish of the match was me losing, which was another thing that I called Vince [about] the day [when] I got the finish. I called him, I was like, ‘You double-crossed me! You f*cking asshole, you double-crossed me!’ He goes, ‘What you do mean?’ ‘You said that I would take 90 percent of the match and then go to the finish.’ He goes, ‘That’s exactly what I said,’ and that’s when I realized like, ‘Oh… that is exactly what he said.’ I thought he meant I take 90 percent of the match and then go to the finish of me winning. No, you take 90 percent of the match and then lose to the new guy who they’re building, of course. So I f*cking apologize and walked away with my tail between my legs but the match happened, the reaction was great.”

“I remember saying, ‘Vince, people are gonna believe Fandango beating me.’ He goes, ‘That’s what I want. I want 65,000 people chanting ‘bullsh*t’. If we can get that, we got something done.’ Well there wasn’t 65,000 people chanting bullsh*t. I think there was three guys in the front row that had too many drinks that were chanting bullsh*t, that’s about it, but people were into it and the next night on RAW, which is always the craziest night of the year, the night after WrestleMania, the RAW after WrestleMania, Fandango was one of the most over guys on the entire show, and all you f*cking assholes were cheering for him. His theme song was even top ten here in the UK.”