When Chris Jericho referred to The Usos as his “back-of-the-bus boys” during his returning Highlight Reel segment on Monday’s edition of WWE RAW, several fans expressed their outrage at what they assumed was Jericho making a racist reference on live television in such a casual manner.
On Tuesday, several of Jericho’s WWE Superstar buddies came to his defense and explained what the true meaning behind the comment was.
Apparently, there are two types of traveling WWE Superstars — the back of the bus boys and the up-front boys. The back of the bus boys refers to those who sit in the back and stay awake all night to play cards, while the up-front boys are those who sit in the front and go to sleep.
As seen below, several WWE Superstars were quick to vouch for the fact that Jericho’s comments were in no way racist at all, and were in fact actually comments that subtly referenced the fact that he and The Usos were friends.
— TheMarkHenry (@TheMarkHenry) January 12, 2016
— nodaysoff D-Young (@DarrenYoungWWE) January 12, 2016
I was ALWAYS 'back of bus' crew, I thought u 'hardcore' guys knew everything-guess you are just out of touch trolls https://t.co/w7Lodr1M0T
— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) January 12, 2016
— The Usos (@WWEUsos) January 12, 2016
— Bubba Ray Dudley (@bullyray5150) January 12, 2016
— D-von Dudley (@TestifyDVon) January 12, 2016