Chris Jericho fights four men, hits a woman twice in the face and then hits everyone else in sight: Public Relations nightmare for WWE?
Matt Patteson sent this in to prowrestling.net’s Jason Powell and Powell’s Point of Veiw is available at the end of this account. Patterson and his girlfriend were at the matches and they were outside right in the middle of it when all heck broke lose….(Very interesting read.)
Here’s part of what they say happened and the video is available at youtube.com:
This afternoon after the WWE house show in Victoria, BC, Canada; my girlfriend and I went to see the wrestlers leave the arena (this was my girlfriend’s first WWE event and she wanted to see them leave). The following is exactly what happened right in front of me and about another 50 wrestling fans who happened to be there are well:
Chris Jericho exited the building, and walked over to his white rental vehicle. The crowd watching him leave was heckling him, but he was ignoring it. He got in his vehicle and drove out of the arena parking lot, right past the crowd of us. As Jericho stopped at a stop sign, a fan ran into the street and started banging on his rental vehicle. At this point about 50 people rushed into the middle of the intersection, blocking traffic in several directions, with no police and very inadequate and incompetent security (no WWE security guards period). My girlfriend and I were literally in the very front of the crowd, and this all went down literally five feet away from us.
Chris Jericho opened the door to his vehicle in the middle of the road, and the fan shut the door back on him. Jericho then got out of the vehicle completely, and punched the fan in the face! This prompted another fan to jump in (he was friends with the first) and attack Jericho, who scuffled with the second guy. At this point, a woman who knew the second guy who attacked Jericho, started to jump in and get in Jericho’s face (because he was fighting her friend).
This is where the Save on Foods Rent-A-Security Guards stopped standing around watching this happen (I swear they thought they were watching a wrestling angle or something), and stepped in to separate Jericho and the woman, who was shoving him. Looking at Jericho’s face he was obviously ready to explode and was restraining himself…but then the **** storm happened…
He spat in the girl’s face, and called her a “******* *****.” The woman spat in Jericho’s face. Jericho started cursing out the woman some more, and was getting ready to go back into his vehicle (as all of this is still happening in the middle of the road). While he was turning to go into his vehicle, one of the guys he was fighting shoved Jericho against his car. Another guy then shoved Jericho, and that time he bumped his head on the top of his vehicle. This was where Jericho seriously snapped.
After bumping his head, Jericho went into a **** storm, throwing and swinging at everybody around him. He knocked one guy to the ground, told another fan that he was going to “f—ing kill you.” The woman who got spit on was still yelling at Jericho, so he pie-faced her away from him (because the arena security couldn’t keep them separated). As soon as he put his hands on the woman, another fan jumped in and started swinging at Jericho. Jericho grabbed the guy and started throwing him to the ground, and at this point I had to yank my girlfriend out of the way and into some other people because Jericho had literally thrown himself and the other guy into our direction and we would of been knocked down by the scuffle.
The arena security try again at this point to regain order, and two of them grabbed Jericho and started yelling at him to calm down. Jericho responded by taking a swing at one of the security guards and yelling at them to “do your ******* job and get the ******* police here.” Then he shoved the second guard to the ground and told him to “stay the f— off me”.
Well, as that happens, the chick lunged at Jericho AGAIN, and this time Jericho actually punched the woman in the face, and shoved her to the ground. This stunned everyone, and the girl’s friends ended up jumping in trying to fight Jericho, to which he fought all of them off, then stormed into his vehicle swearing and sped off, running through a stop sign in the process.
This whole thing happened over the span of about five minutes (of the street being blocked by this ordeal), and the woman ended up calling the cops on Jericho. They arrived five minutes after Jericho left, complete with a paddy wagon. The WWE’s head of security did not see the incident, so he was there trying to figure out what happened along with the cops at the same time while yapping on his cell phone, and the woman was pressing charges against Jericho. As crazy and unbelievable this sounds, it can all be backed up with whatever police report was filed on the scene this afternoon.
I hope this made sense, as a lot of stuff happened… This was taped by several people with cell phone cameras, but there were only 50 people down there so I hope the video makes it way to the internet. Regardless, this went down as one of the craziest things I have ever seen in my life (even if it didn’t involve Chris Jericho), and Jericho could be in some serious legal trouble over this one; although he was provoked, he seriously snapped and crossed the line.
Powell’s POV: The video of the incident is available Youtube.com. Although the entire incident described by our correspondent is not shown, it does show a close up shot of what appears to be a female fan shoving Jericho, who responded by swinging at her. He is also shown shoving security guards.
Although Jericho was clearly provoked (another report states that a male fan started the incident by pounding on Jericho’s vehicle and opening one of its doors), the footage of Jericho swinging at what appears to be a female could lead a public relations nightmare. It will be interesting to see if the mainstream media picks up on the story. I assume there will be lawsuits filed either way. [Thanks to Yaneth Martinez who also sent a report on the incident]