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Chris Jericho Talks Chris Benoit, Not Signing with TNA and More

In the final part of a 2 part conversation this week on MLW Radio, available right now at, WWE superstar Chris Jericho joined Konnan to discuss to discuss a variety of topics, including why he’s never worked for TNA. Konnan brought up negotiations Jericho had with TNA in the past and Jericho had this to say when asked why he ultimately never signed with TNA:

“The main reason is that I always wanted to work for Vince McMahon ever since I was a kid. I’ve never worked for anybody else since I stepped through the doors in August of 1999 and I never will work for anyone else. I don’t want to go to Japan. I don’t want to go to Mexico for shots. I don’t want to go work in TNA. I’m a WWE guy. That’s the way it’s always going to be.

“I’m sure TNA is a great company to work for. I’m sure you can do really well there or make some great money or whatever. It doesn’t matter to me. I work for the big leagues. There’s no reason for me to go anywhere else.”

Jericho also discussed changes in how concussions are treated in the industry and how it’s shaped his views on Chris Benoit.

“I was like everybody else. Shocked. A sense of ‘what the [expletive]’ happened. Denial. Betrayal. How can he do this?

“I look back at it now, and I was really close with him, but he got considerably stranger and stranger the last six months of his life. I was like, what’s with this guy? What’s wrong with him? And now I know the reason why. It’s because his brain got worse and worse.”

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  • Vic

    In my opinion, I don’t think Benoit was ever right after the passing of his dear friend Eddie Guerrero(RIP). They were like brothers. I remember on the Eddie Guerrero tribute show l during Benoit’s interview about Eddie, he just started braking down. To me I think that’s where it all kinda started.

  • Elvis Dolinski

    Its a sad truth, he was keeping away from everybody, he probably didn’t even know it himself, the brain is a tricky slippery slope and not dealt with properly, well we know what happened in his case, what do you do in that situation, you feel out of place but can’t put a finger on it, how to put yourself in somebody’s shoes and see from that perspective? I don’t know what a concussion feels like, I hear about it, I would say like being permanently stoned, closed off and no chance of ever being fully recovered. RIP BENIOT!!!

  • Mabry

    am not trying to justify WWE, cause i myself have made the same question, but i think Benoit was a really quiet guy, and really kept to himself. Jericho himself said it in “Undisputed”, so i guess, and am just guessing, no one really ever knew Benoit and what he was going through, he never allowed himself to express any emotions out of the ring…. man i just got sad again thinking about it….

  • If it’s true Benoit was acting ‘strange’ leading up to his death, why didn’t WWE notice it and try to do something about it?