Chris Jericho was rumored to be a part of WrestleMania earlier this year. It was assumed that the Fozzy frontman would show up on the Grandest Stage of Them All, even though he claimed before that he wouldn’t be able to make the show, it seems that there were plans for Y2J to take part in the event after all.
Daniel Bryan’s comeback match was in jeopardy almost from the get-go. Bryan and McMahon went on to defeat Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at WrestleMania after both Bryan and McMahon were viciously assaulted by the best friends on Smackdown Live. However, Bryan almost had a different partner, according to Jericho.
While discussing the match on Talk is Jericho, the former US Champion revealed to Bryan that he had been in contact with the WWE, and was a possible replacement if Shane McMahon wasn’t allowed to compete.
I don’t know if you know this. So, a few weeks before WrestleMania I get a call from Vince. He tells me about his diverticulitis and hernia and said ‘We don’t know if he can do Mania.’
We had a Fozzy show that day, and originally, I thought ‘Why are we competing with WrestleMania?’ Vince said ‘What do you think of coming to New Orleans if Shane can’t do it?’
Bryan went on to say that the WWE kept Shane’s status on a need to know basis, trying to prevent leaks to the dirt sheets.
WWE announced that McMahon was hospitalized on March 26 with acute diverticulitis and an umbilical hernia. With less than half a month before WrestleMania 34, it seemed unlikely that Shane-O-Mac would be ready in time for the event. Jericho would’ve been a great back up for the match as well, considering his history with Kevin Owens.
You can listen to the rest of the podcast here. Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan talk about the former Smackdown GM’s return to the ring, his matches since he’s returned, and Bryan’s love of the YES chant.