Chris Jericho’s match with Nick Gage in AEW was memorable not only for the match but also for the Dominos Pizza controversy, and Jericho recently looked back on it all. Jericho fought the GCW star as one of the “Labors of Jericho” during his feud with MJF, and Gage’s use of a pizza cutter at an inopportune moment caused controversy when the Dominos commercial was released shortly after.
Jericho opened up about working with Gage on the latest episode of Talk is Jericho, talking about how he learned a lot about the psychology of Gage’s deathmatch. He also weighed in on the Dominos incident, and you can see the highlights below:
Working with Nick Gage in AEW: “Nick Gage, again, like, ‘I don’t know who this guy is, but he’s f**king crazy.’ And then I asked Mox about her [and Moxley said] “It’s a teddy bear” or something, whatever he said. And I spoke to him a couple of times, and he was super, super respectful. And that goes a long way. As I meet a lot of guys in the business, and as long as you have respect for the business, I’m cool with you. I don’t care what you do. And when I met him, he was so, so respectful and really happy to be there, and he was like, ‘Hey man, I just want to tell you, I’m really a huge fan of yours and that’s really cool for me to be here. And it was like he loved wrestling. That’s the path his wrestling has taken, that doesn’t mean he’s less of a wrestler.
Read more about the life-and-death struggle at that time: “I really started to learn the psychology of deathmatch. What possesses these guys to do this? I’m not one of those guys to be like, [imitates Jim Cornette] ‘Well, that’s f**king bulls**t. This stupid bulls**t mudshow wrestling! ‘ I don’t see it that way. I look at him, ‘Okay, there’s a market for that and these guys are really good at what they do; How do they do ?
“So I really watched what he was doing. And I was like, ‘S**t man, I’m going to do this! I’m going to do this.’ There was a time, there was a Chris Jericho period where I would have gone, ‘I would never get hit by a light tube. That’s stupid! It’s not wrestling, it’s bulls** t. And again, get your head out of your ass, Jericho. Does it fit the story? Yes. Does it fit the story of the game? Yes. Let’s do it.”
On the Dominos controversy: “It was hilarious. So Nick wanted to make a pizza cutter, it’s one of his gimmicks. So right out the door he sliced off my arm with the pizza cutter, I still have a scar there. And it makes people think, ‘Holy shit! This is real!’ And then during the commercial break he started slicing my forehead with the picture-in-picture pizza cutter… So just as Nick is carving my forehead with the pizza cutter, there’s a Dominos commercial Pizza where the guy cuts the pizza with what?a pizza cutter!And apparently Dominos was furious.
“And it was, ‘AEW is going to lose all of its sponsors, and that’s it! That’s the end of the line!’ Nothing ever happened. I was like, if I was the Dominos guy, I would have filmed a Chris Jericho/Nick Gage commercial the next fucking day. I mean, it’s right there! pizza, Dominos, it goes hand in hand!
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