Chris Jericho’s sudden appearance on ALL IN (September 1), disguised as Pentagon Jr. and beating up Kenny Omega was a surprise in more ways than one.
One of the biggest reasons for the surprise factor was, it contradicted what Jericho himself had previously stated was a personal rule about how he conducted his business outside of the WWE.
For a long time now, Jericho has stated and stuck by the rule that he would only work in the United States for the WWE and Vince McMahon. So why did the current IWGP Intercontinental champ, seem to break that rule for ALL IN?
Jericho himself touched on this on the latest issue of his Talk Is Jericho podcast.
According to Jericho, another former WWE star, Cody Rhodes contacted him after ALL IN was announced and asked if Jericho would like to be involved.
“And I said, “No, I’m not really wanting to work any shows in the states that aren’t WWE shows,” Jericho recalls.
“But over the course of the last few months, my mindset’s kind of changed a bit to where I’m enjoying being a part of this kind-of new revolution of wrestling that’s going on. . . So I just thought, well, you know, I’ll consider it, but the idea has to be right.”
After more talks with Cody, the idea came up for him to come to the ring in disguise and attack someone. Originally, it was to be Kota Ibishi, the partner of Kenny Omega in the tag team The Golden Lovers. But then it was changed to Omega himself.
“And I just thought, “What a great way of kind-of last minute promotion for the cruise,” said Jericho, referring to the upcoming Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager at Sea.