Chris Jericho's assassination threat story is pretty, pretty, pretty good.
On the April 28 episode of AEW Dynamite, during the Inner Circle and Pinnacle's 'Blood & Guts' parlay, Chris Jericho mentioned how Jake Hager had his back when he was threatened with assassination in 2012. During a recent appearance on Wrestling Observer Radio, Jericho shared the full story. Here is what happened:
"Yeah, that is a true story. He didn't save me from assassination, but he had my back. We were in Abu Dhabi -- we were in a club and some guy was being a jerk so I just walked by him and gave him a body check. I kind of body checked him into the wall, a good old-fashioned hockey move. He claimed that his father and I quote, owned 27% of the country and that I would be assassinated by the end of the day, you know, in 24 hours. I remember I had a bounty for 7 million dollars on my head.
So I'm standing there and of course, I've had a couple cocktails and the sun is coming up and I asked him -- I went into Larry David mode, 'So is 7 million dollars good? Is it a good number? If I was Brad Pitt would it be 30 million dollars and if I was just a guy off the street would it be a hundred grand? Where do I stand in this?' Hager was standing behind me going like, 'Dude, this is the Wild West, don't mess with this guy.' This guy had his little posse of characters and they were going to assassinate me and he [Hager] was right there the whole time like, 'Dude, we got to get out of here.' I'm like, 'No, I wanna know, is 7 million a good number?'
So I went back to the room that I was -- I was kind of worried during the day. I kind of stayed in my room and then went to the show. I'm like, 'I hope none of these fans are assassins that are going to kill me for this 7 million dollar bounty.' Then I went back to my room. I'm just going to stay in until this blows over. Of course, the guys went out again. They were sending me pictures [saying] 'Come out, come out, come out.' So I decide to go, and I go back to the club and the bouncer is there and he goes, 'Oh, you haven't been assassinated yet?' I was like, 'No, should I be worried?' He goes, 'That mother fucker, he says that all the time. His dad doesn't own the country, he owns the gas station down the street. [laughs]' But at the time we didn't know, and Jake had my back when I was threatened with assassination in Abu Dhabi. So, that is a true story."
Jericho is pleased to report that the gas station is thriving and doing well.
On Wednesday, May 5, he and The Inner Circle will face MJF and The Pinnacle in the promotion's first-ever 'Blood & Guts' match. Fightful will have live coverage of the event beginning at 5 p.m. PST followed by a post-show review immediately following its conclusion.
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