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Backstage Reaction to Chris Jericho’s Flag Incident, Jericho Insists Current Run Is Done

– Internal reaction to the Chris Jericho flag incident last week among the WWE talents was they were more shocked and upset than anything else. While it was a big deal online, behind the scene it was not.

The feeling was that Jericho was just doing his job but WWE had to suspend him because he violated the local laws in Brazil and because the incident could be used against the company in the future.

On Twitter Jericho still insists that he is done with this run in WWE, suspension or not.

Source: PWInsider

  • muh boy

    i agree wwe isnt really a good home for him anymore. its WAY to pc now

  • nikki

    well he wants to go play rockstar for a while he will be back soon enough….

  • scooter

    for the record I saw a german rubs a scottish flag against his ass at a show in scotland got the heat he went for and that was the end of it.

  • CC

    Actually Paul, from what I remember, the fans were pissed off with how Finlay was treated, and thought the National guard overreacted. So I dont see any hypocrisy from the Americans on this.
    WWE was forced to take action in both cases. My understanding as to why Finlay was sacked is because the national guard are sponsors and they wanted heads to roll for it.

  • Paul E Not-so-Dangerously

    Finlay was fired because he had Miz interrupt the american anthem, and of course people were pissed and finlay got fired. So how can it be okay to desicrate the brazillian flag, yet if somebody DARES insult the USA, people are outraged? Typical american hypocrisy at it best.

  • VenomEX

    the best thing jericho can do, is show up on raw…dressed in all brazilian colors, weaving the flag and tell everyone how much he loves the country.

  • rko

    Jericho is going to end up in TNA.

  • HBK

    Kind of ironic that he got revenge on Orton before he left.

  • cheesehandler

    everyone just needs to shut up already. knowing god damn well if some brazilian came into america and started doing that to our flag, you know damn well every last one of yous would be mad and want whoever you can get thrown in jail

  • poko

    It’s no big deal. The suspension is a slap on the wrist for Jericho. It’s public relations, any large corporation would do the same. WWE certainly doesn’t WANT to suspend him for this, but if they do not, it very well might hurt their opportunities for growth in Brazil. Backwater politicians and officials can be arrogant and prickly.

    Who knows, WWE assurances that he would be punished internally might have kept him out of jail.

  • Pyro

    He shouldn’t have been suspended for kicking a piece of fabric, that’s absolute stupidity. I also don’t believe his current run with WWE is over. Jericho lies all the time to get a reaction out of the Internet, so my stance is to just believe the exact opposite of whatever he says now, his word is about as trustworthy as a politicans.

    Having said all that, if he is, in fact, telling the truth, I really don’t care. This current run has been FAR beneath his usual standards. The silence treatment gimmick was an absolute waste of tv time, nothing even came of it, then he says the end of the world as we know it is coming at the Rumble, he loses at the Rumble and nothing comes of it, then he starts feuding with Punk, and his promos go way downhill. He has a mediocre match with Punk at WrestleMania that was overhyped and didn’t deliver until about the last 5 minutes, the crowd didn’t care about it and it was overshadowed by the HIAC and Rock/Cena. Then he had a FANTASTIC match with Punk at Extreme Rules, but that’s the only good thing that came out of this run. He jobs again, then he jobs in a pretty good four way, but one that was overshadowed by the much better WWE title match, then he kicks the flag and now he’s gone as he was supposed to start feuding with Orton. Not very good. Can’t say I’ll miss Jericho as he’s been the last 5 months.

  • adam

    God people nowadays you cant do anything with out someone getting all defensive. He was a heel and trying to draw heat so the face came out with the flag the heel does something against it. I could see jericho being done with wwe just because all this run’s purpose was was to build up the people he was facing. It makes his promo videos and his first come back that he talked pointless him saying it will be the end of the world as you know it blah blah blah since he really didnt accomplish anything but still he will go down as one of the greats and be missed if he never comes back again.

  • scooter

    yeah he attacked Orton BEFORE he was suspened I’m guessing Orton would’ve been the guy to write him off tv again now thats uneccesary seriously sometimes people over think everything.

  • Mabry

    @Keylo, i didnt remember about that… but yeah kinnda. I do understand that what he did was disrespectful and outta place, but in that case am pretty sure there was someone else in knowledge of what he was going to do. I guess in that case WWE took it on the visible face, which i also think was unfair…


    Chris did nothing wrong & he did say sorry .I agree with the superstars .Wwe is so lame they suspend their best wrestler .He has done nothing nut put over all their ass kissers .Yet he gets treated like this .For something wrestler have been doing for years .Im not watching Wwe tell Chris comes back .Wwe enough of this PG shit it sucks.

  • keylo

    Date: May 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM I cant believe WWE is allowing external influence in their decisions

    You mean like when they sacked Fit Finlay on the say so of the US army for interrupting the USA Anthem?

  • Ajd

    Hes a bad guy, thats his job. That flag shouldnt be there in the first place. I would understand if its in the states and the guy is from like chicago…CMPUNK!!!….and he wanna rep where hes from or a capture a flag match. And shit jericho is always gettin messed over. First it was him “punching” a fan and now this. DAMN CHRIS!!! SMH

  • Mabry

    I insist that i really hate it when ppl mess with flags, no matter the nationality of it, but this is geting out of hand, if it is actually real. It probably is storyline to give Y2J the time to tour with Fozzy, but if its real, than man WWE is screwing it up with the suspension thing. I cant believe WWE is alowing external influence in their decisions, all because of money i guess, Vince might be afraid that he would not sell any tickets in the future in Brazil.
    HBK and the Canadian flag keeps coming into mind, that was a lot worst than this, yet nothing happened…

  • MJ

    He was doing his job!!! My goodness so many people are so sensitive nowadays! WWE has gone so soft It’s no wonder why people cheer for the heels instead of the faces wwe makes there faces boring as fuck while the heek goes out of his way to get booed and now he’s suspended for it?

  • cheesehandler

    you know what tho…..if someone had come into our country (AMERICA) and someone did the same damn thing to our flag…..not one of you can’t say that you wouldn’t be mad. every last one of you would be pissed beyond belief.

  • cheesehandler

    thank god! get going already jericho! i for one will not miss you.

  • Bill

    How can he be done if he attacked Orton on Raw? He’s probably only taking a short break & will be suspended via storylines for the attack.

  • SYM

    Y2J is a excellent Wrestler but right now I dont think WWE’s for him.

  • Mark

    I still say Jericho didnt mean any offense by it and he was doing it purely in character. He has apologised now for it so I think we need to let the matter drop.

    Well kind of ironic as a good way to get him out of WWE for his upcoming tour with Fozzy