Chris Jericho recently took to his podcast, Talk Is Jericho, to open up about some real life heat he had with Scott Hall back in the day. “Y2J” detailed their run-ins with each other during their days in WCW. Jericho said he and Hall “don’t have any love lost for each other” and never really got along:
“Those guys are very sarcastic, and almost kind of bullying in a way. I did things my way with my group of guys like Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit and those kinds of guys,” Jericho said.
The IWGP Intercontinental Champ recalled when he once had an opening match on a WCW card with Jerry Lynn. He and Lynn were never given a time restraint for the match. When Jericho returned backstage from their bout Hall met him there and said “it may have been a little long, but it was a great match”:
“Scott Hall came up to me and told me that nobody was coming to see me, get in there, do your 5-10 minutes and get out. No one wants to see you. I remember thinking, wow, what an asshole.
“Why would you say that? I told Chris Benoit that, and Benoit was already furious with Scott Hall after Hall pissed on Chris Benoit’s cowboy boots by the urinals. He just leaned over while they were both pissing and he leaned to the side and pissed on his boots.”
Jericho called Hall the kind of guy that “whenever he talked you just wanted to slap him in the face.” Hall harassed Jericho another time when he asked how his “little Terry Taylor push is going” and then threatened to end it with one phone call. Thankfully Jericho had a good friend in Scott Norton who advised him to stand up for himself:
“Scott Norton, who is a friend of mine from my time in Japan said to me that if you don’t say something to him next time he bullies you then I am going to say something and I will bully you. Either you do something about it or I will. If you do something about it and he wants to cause anything then I got your back.”
One day Jericho seemingly had enough of Hall’s antics and finally stood up to him. Hall backed down and tried to play it off as a joke before “Y2J” received an approving smile from Norton, signaling he had done the right thing:
“When Scott made another comment I went up to Hall and said to never f–king talk to me like that again, you understand me? I told him that there was no rib, or no joke, don’t ever f–king talk to me like that again.
“He would tell me to calm down and that he was just joking, ‘geez Jericho, can’t you take a joke?’ I looked over at Scott Norton and he was just smiling like I did the right thing. That was a Scott Hall for you. He was always like that, which is a shame. He was obviously a great worker and a great performer but no love lost for him even until this day.”
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H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions