Chris Jericho Didn't Ask Vince McMahon For Permission To Appear At Wrestle Kingdom 12

Vinnie Mac is excited though...

Chris Jericho has revealed that he didn't ask Vince McMahon for permission to appear at New Japan Pro Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom 12 on January 4 against Kenny Omega.

While appearing on Busted Open Radio, the leader of the newly-formed 'Alpha Club' said he did let his long-time boss know about the appearance long before the news broke though, something Vince was excited about.

"I know he wasn't upset because I called him six weeks before and told him as soon as the deal was done. I would never surprise him like that. You know, I didn't ask him for his permission, but I didn't have to. I told him what was going on, and to be quite frank with you guys, he was super excited about it."

It's fair to say that Vince McMahon has the perception within the wrestling fraternity of wanting to kill off any and all competition he targets, which is why the idea Jericho's first match outside of WWE since 1999 happening in the second biggest promotion in the world's ring is so monumental. However, because the name of Jericho - drink it in, man - is so attached to WWE these days, the owner of The List believes it's a match that benefits everybody - including McMahon.

"You see the thing about Vince is he loves wrestling. It's what he knows best, and I think obviously his mission is to seek and destroy and kill every other company. But I think he secretly likes it when other companies do good, because it just makes it better for his company.

"And when Chris Jericho goes to New Japan, everybody knows I'm not a New Japan Guy. I'm a WWE guy. You see Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega, it's not like it's some kind of behind the scenes screw job. It's taking a great opportunity and helping the business, helping Kenny Omega, helping New Japan. But guess what? It helps Chris Jericho. Which in turn helps the WWE."

In more Chris Jericho news, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter today confirmed the Fozzy Show scheduled for the same night as WrestleMania 34 does indeed mean Y2J will not be appearing on the Grandest Stage Of Them All in 2018. Sickener.

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