One of the strange things WWE did during the Greatest Royal Rumble PPV earlier this year was to add and then remove Chris Jericho from the Casket match against Undertaker.
At the time it was said that the Prince Of Saudi Arabia wanted Rusev to be in this bout but it appears that the Former World Champion himself thinks differently.
Chris Jericho was recently interviewed by Inside the Ropes and during the interview; Jericho said that his NJPW appearance was probably the reason why he was removed from the bout:
“I would think that possibly knowing Vince, from once again New Japan is an enemy. if it’s gonna make any difference? No, but to him like I said if it takes one buy from Network that goes to New Japan World, it’s the enemy.
I think that he probably thought ‘I’m not gonna put Jericho in this highlight match where he has the chance to steal the show, I know him and Undertaker will kill it. I don’t wanna do that’
I was going to show up in New Japan TV a week later and that makes sense to me [because] it’s a f*cking war. and I think that’s probably what happened and I think it was the right call in his mind”
You can check out Jericho’s full interview in the video below: