Superstar Billy Graham has responded to Chris Jericho in the latest installment in their war of words.
Graham’s response comes after Jericho lambasted him for speaking out about CM Punk’s remarks on former WWWF champion Bruno Sammartino two weeks ago on RAW.
The situation started when Punk commented that his schedule was tougher than Sammartino's. He went on to say if he had been around in that era too, his reign would have lasted 30 years.
This prompted a response from Graham on Facebook, where he criticized Punk. Among other things, he said:
You talk about one of the greatest icons ever in pro wrestling like he was a JOBBER??? You should be ashamed of yourself for not having the self-dignity to say NO to the writers on that line.
Jericho then responded to Graham on Twitter:
Dear Superstar Billy Graham,Shut the hell up and stop being such a mark.Your Pal,Chris Jericho— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) January 9, 2013
Wrestling, Inc. posted Graham’s full, if somewhat lengthy, retort:
Mr. Jericho Sir,
I won't say Dear Chris because I know you hate me with the utter most hatred.
Addressing your quote about me, "And stop being such a mark" The truth is, I believe everyone is a mark for someone or something at some point in their life. For instance, I am a total mark for Bob Dylan. The man has written over 600 songs and I saw him in person here in Phoenix last year. He had never sounded better at the age of 70! Fans are marks for the upcoming Super Bowl, The World Series, The NBA championship playoffs, and Nascar to name just a few examples.
In pro wrestling I am a mark for Triple H and proud to admit it for numerous reasons. He had a great hard earned physique, he had enormous charisma and an in ring presence that was unmatched. I remember sitting on the front row at a PPV here in Phoenix and his opponent gave him a sling shot into the post. I had my eyes fixed on him because I was curious about how he was going to do the blade job. As soon as his head hit the post he started bleeding, I did not see him cut himself and he was right in front of me, just a few feet away! Back in the locker room we were sitting next to each other and I asked him, "Brother, how did you cut your head, as you started bleeding immediately?" He said, " Superstar, I cut my head right before it hit the post." I marked out at that very moment, what a pro that man was and still could be if he wanted to be.
In closing I hope that answers your statement to me regarding "being such a mark." And your quote to me about "Shutting the hell up" I won't even address that because what I do best is CUT PROMOS!!!
Superstar Billy Graham
The dislike between the two stems back to the Chris Benoit tragedy. Graham was one of many wrestlers invited to share their thoughts on what had happened.
Jericho apparently took offense and wrote about it in his book, Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps.
It’s always a sad day when the world of wrestling collides with the real world. The real-life animosity between the two does nothing but damage the sport as a whole.
The only reason they have gone back and forth is because of personal animosity.
Despite the fact neither man is signed with the WWE, they are nevertheless recognized for their association. Regardless of whether it has been less than a year or more than 20 years since they stepped in a ring, both men need to remember they are commenting on a current storyline and words by a current superstar.
Everything they say about it is going to make news.
The real-life hatred between the two men has no need to be aired publicly. It makes them both look like children instead of legends.