10 Matches That Nearly Made Wrestlers Quit For Good

10. Chris Jericho Vs. Viscera (WWE Heat - 4 April 2000)


Chris Jericho came within a hair of being crowned WWE Champion on the April 17, 2000 episode of Raw. He pinned Triple H that night, drawing a massive pop from the audience, and everyone thought the charismatic former WCW star had just scored the biggest win of his career. It wasn't to be, though. The vendetta-driven Earl Hebner's count was fast, and 'The Cerebral Assassin' pressured him into reversing the decision, creating a memorable in-kayfabe screwjob.

Remarkably, 'Y2J had come within a hair of quitting WWE that very evening. As revealed in a 2013 interview with Sirius XM's Busted Open Radio, he was on his way to Vince McMahon's office to seek his release, citing a recent loss to Viscera on Sunday Night Heat as the deciding factor, but changed his mind when the Chairman told him of the Triple H/WWE Title plans.

Jericho ended up sticking around, of course, but god bless the beautiful irony of this happening to a man who once gleefully bragged to Power Slam magazine that he could drag Viscera to a five-star match back in 1999.


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