Chris Jericho has revealed that he's been having way more fun working outside of the WWE this year.
The current NJPW IWGP Intercontinental Champion will surely end up in the WWE Hall of Fame one day, but he's having quite the time doing his own thing all over the place at the moment. And he's enjoying making a name for himself in other promotions.
Jericho made a surprise appearance at All In earlier this month, an event which marked the first time he appeared on a televised wrestling show in the United States that wasn't packaged by the WWE since he left WCW in 1999.
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He has been making sporadical appearances on WWE shows lately, with his last being in the Greatest Royal Rumble back in April
Speaking on SirusXM's Busted Open radio show (H/T Wrestling Inc) on Wednesday, Jericho described what it's been like working away from the WWE, as well how good it feels not constantly rubbing shoulders with Vince McMahon.
"There is a whole market now for hardcore wrestling fans," he said. "Maybe not even hardcore anymore. There's a whole strain of fans of wrestling that are excited about all of these other options.
"I mean I didn't think there was any chance of me doing All In, but at this point in time, sure there's a chance. I mean if there's a match that's presented to me that's interesting if I'm free, like like why not? Like I'm really kind of enjoying this free agency and realizing why do I have to just keep it in Japan? What if I do want to do more stuff in the States?
"I'm not really worrying about what anybody thinks. At this point in time, I think for the first time in my career in 28 years, I'm kind of completely in control and it's fun, ya know?"
"If there's a match that's presented to me that's interesting and if I'm free...why not? I'm really kind of enjoying this free agency." @IAmJericho talks to @davidlagreca1 & @bullyray5150 on if we could see him at the @ringofhonor & @njpwglobal #G1Supercard at @TheGarden pic.twitter.com/zII42X8p2W— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) September 12, 2018
Not having to present his ideas to several people or wait an unreasonable number of hours for an opportunity to run them by his bosses seems to be the best part of Jericho's being mostly out of the WWE.
"I really enjoy not having to run my ideas that I know are gonna work through a committee of two or three people, or having to wait three hours in front of a door to go pitch it to one guy and hope that he likes it," he declared. "At this point in time, we're all pros and we know what works and what doesn't work, and if we're not sure we can ask other guys and kind of work together.
"In WWE when you work there, once again, you gotta go with whatever it is that he wants to go with. That's fine. When you work for Vince that's just the way it is, but it's fun to not work for Vince right now, and have some of these other ideas you can kind of explore."