His career spans over 30 years, but Chris Jericho says the hardest bump he's ever taken happened last month.
Following the June 26 edition of AEW Dynamite, Chris Jericho went live online for a Saturday Night Special. During it, he revealed that his fall from the top of the cage at Blood & Guts was the hardest bump of his career. The May 5th event concluded with The Pinnacle defeating The Inner Circle, and MJF pushing Jericho off the structure and onto the stage below.
"I'm not even going to address the criticism for it, was taking the bump off the top of the cage at Blood & Guts," said Jericho. "It was terrifying because I've never done anything like that before. It was not a crash pad that I fell on, there were cardboard boxes that were basically set up across the board. You fall on them, and I guess the cardboard sort of softens the blow. The piece of plywood over the top that was not even as thick as this book, and I was scared. I really was, because I didn't know what to expect. You know what I mean? What's this going to be like? When I hit, it was hard. I mean I really did -- the elbow injury is legit, just so you guys know it's not a "work." It came from that because I hit the side of the stage, and then my head missed the back by just a little bit. If you see it, there's a bunch of spotlights and stuff."
Jericho couldn't help but address the criticism some placed upon the fall and the way it looked. He believes that people in the business should know better than to "bag" on someone for putting their body in danger to tell a story. Here is what he had to say:
"People that bagged on it can really f**k their a** because it was dangerous. It was scary. I was saying prayers before. I was a little bit worried because you never know. It was a legit fifteen drop. Nestea plunge. You can't see behind you and you hope for the best. It was something that I thought about all day. No one had to convince me to do it because I knew it was right for the story, but like I said, people that didn't respect that bump really aren't fans. People in the business that were kind of bagging on it should know better because it's not something you would really want anybody to do because it's dangerous and it can affect you for your life if it goes wrong."
He would then go on to mention a couple of female superstars in WWE who commented on the bump, saying that they said some things that they probably shouldn't have. Jericho added the following:
"So people laugh at that sort of stuff but there's no reason to because this is the real deal and it can happen at any time. Best of luck to anybody in our business, and anybody that bags on somebody who's taking a chance and putting their bodies on the line can really fuck off. Especially people in the business. I could say some names. There's a couple of chicks in WWE who said some stuff and they should probably not have said that. They probably weren't trained any better, and in 6 months they'll probably be asking us for a job anyways and I'll remember that, so we'll leave it at that."
The full conversation can be seen in the video below, via Chris Jericho's YouTube Channel.
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