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Chris Jericho responds to criticism over controversial photo of Chris Benoit

Chris Jericho

The buildup for the mega match between Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega was going great until a photo posted by Jericho turned the whole thing into a controversy.

Jericho posted a fan art featuring himself, Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit and said that he is dedicating his match at the Wrestle Kingdom 12 to his ‘fallen brothers’:

The whole thing quickly became a hot topic of discussion with many criticising this move from Jericho due to the controversy surrounding Benoit.

Things went so bad that the former World Champion himself had to respond to fan criticism via a video, saying that he knows what Chris did and he thinks about it every day:

“I get a couple smartass remarks here for an Instagram post that I put up of this great fan art that somebody drew of me with kind of the spirits of Eddie and Benoit behind me and I said I dedicate the match to those guys.

Yeah, I know, what Chris did. I think about it every single day. I was involved more than any one of you were. So trust me, I understand the horrible, horrible events that took place. I’ll never forgive it, I’ll never understand it – but I have my reasons for doing what I’m doing, so don’t anybody tell me, don’t anybody make smartass remarks about what I say and what I do…

Nobody tells me what to do, I have my reasons, and I think about the loss of Nancy Benoit and Daniel Benoit every single day. So that’s enough of that, I’ll never talk about it again.”

The video posted by Chris Jericho can be seen below:

Chris Jericho responds to criticism regarding Instagram tribute to Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit (via IG: chrisjerichofozzy)

Chris Jericho responds to criticism regarding Instagram tribute to Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit (via IG: chrisjerichofozzy)

Posted by Cageside Seats on Wednesday, January 3, 2018


  • CC

    Nobody has any right to tell him what he can and cannot say about someone he was close to for years.
    He has said many times over the years that he will never forgive him for what he did, but that was not the man he knew, and will always miss the real Chris Benoit, the man he was friends with for decades.

  • BB

    I seen him post that pic on Instagram yesterday and knew immediately something like this would happen. I can understand why people are mad but at the same time Jericho’s right, and good for him for sticking to his guns. What Benoit did was truly awful and tragic but you can’t discredit his entire wrestling career, or Jericho’s friendship with the guy.

  • Arnold Jackson

    Good post and good for Jericho.

  • Absolutely ridiculous. We ALL know what Benoit did, and why (brain damage). It was a horrible end to a great career, that will keep him from ever getting recognized for being one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time. But that doesn’t change the fact that he WAS one. And it also doesn’t change the fact that he and Jericho were very close. Is Jericho just supposed to forget his friend completely, or the good times they shared in their lives? No. So to hell with all of the dumbasses crapping on him for posting that. He can pay tribute to whoever the hell he wants.