• WWF Legend Gives His Thoughts On Brock Lesnar’s Deal With WWE
During a recent appearance on The Jim Ross Report, Old School WWF Legend and current IWGP Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho commented on the current deal he has with NJPW, Brock Lesnar having a favorable deal with WWE, possibility of Lesnar retaining his title at SummerSlam 2018 and more.
Below are the highlights:
On the current deal he has with NJPW:
“I’m kind of like the Brock Lesnar of New Japan. I won the title and then disappear for three months or whatever it is. But I mean, I had a lot of Fozzy tours booked. Fozzy is very successful right now. We have two top 10 hits in The [United] States and so they knew that and they wanted to kind of book this match for me to sort of win the title, which I think was a good idea because it shows that Jericho is not just hear for a one-and-done.
And, of course, there’s going to be another match if not two or three more matches and we have all of that figured out and that was all figured out from the moment that I signed this deal with them. So [Ross] know[s] how I like to work, Jim. I like the element of surprise and I don’t really like to let anyone know what I’m doing, so I signed a deal with New Japan for 2018, so there [are] matches included in that. We kind of have that all figured out and worked out, so yeah, I didn’t just win the title and disappear. I will be back and I will be back a few more times, for sure.”
On Brock Lesnar having a favorable deal with WWE:
“I think a lot of people have animosity towards [Lesnar] because of that [favorable deal], but I don’t. I admire the guy. I would like that deal and I’m not so sure that I won’t get a deal like that at some point. At least in New Japan I did, so I remember years ago someone said, ‘you can’t blame,’ I think they were talking about [Hulk] Hogan when Hogan had that huge deal with WCW and he got a percentage of the pay-per-views and he was making this money, they’re like, ‘you can’t blame Hogan for getting the deal.’
You can’t blame freakin’ LeBron James for going to [NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers] for $40 million for two years. Blame the company! Blame the owners! Blame the team! Blame the company! Blame Vince [McMahon]! Don’t blame the guy [who received the favorable deal]. Yeah, I’m always happy for the [performers], whoever they are, whether you like them or you don’t like them when they make good money because I still think for years, if you’re liking at the NFL, NBA, NHL, WWE salary caps, who’s making the least amount of money percentage-wise?
It’s always the WWE [performers], so anybody to can make really, really good money in the [pro] wrestling business, I never hold any animosity towards them because it just means if they can make more money, I can make more money too at some point.”
On possibility of Lesnar retaining his title at WWE SummerSlam:
“Well, he [has] been doing it with, I was going to say, ‘poor’ Roman [Reigns], but he [has] been doing it with Roman for the last two or three matches that they’ve had now, I believe. They thought [Reigns] was going to win [The Universal Championship] at WrestleMania , he didn’t. They thought he was going to win it at The Greatest Royal Rumble, he didn’t.
I think there might have been another time or something, but who knows? What I know, once again, is that this is all Vince [McMahon]’s plan, and he’s orchestrating it, and he knows exactly what’s going on, exactly what he wants to do. And I would never bet against Vince McMahon because once in a while it doesn’t work, but 99 other times, it does and I’ve seen it myself.”
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• Another Indication Regarding Rey Mysterio Returning To WWE Soon
Multiple reports over the past few months have suggested that Rey Mysterio will be making his return to WWE soon.
The return would most likely happen after the ALL IN show on September 1st (while some reports state that it could even happen on the post-SummerSlam 2018 edition of SmackDown Live).
Northeast Wrestling recently posted the following update on their Facebook page:
“Unfortunately due to his upcoming contractual situation with WWE Rey Mysterio is unable to appear on August 24th. If you purchased Rey Mysterio preordered meet and greet items they will be refunded or can be used towards other superstars.”
This is another indication that Mysterio’s return to WWE is near.