In a recent interview, Chris Jericho revealed the storyline that made him not want to retire. He's one of the most entertaining WWE Superstars in history, and over the last few years, he's been a part-time, often seasonal-type character used when storylines call for an experienced hand who can help elevate a new talent or build hype for a big pay-per-view. His name is Chris Jericho and he has one of the more unique arrangements in the wrestling industry.
Jericho is often gone, but hardly ever forgotten. Sometimes just a phone call away from making an appearance, he's the opposite of today's part-time stars. Most wrestlers want to be used only on television or pay-per-views where the money's good and the viewership is better. Not Jericho. He likes working live events, tours, and other venues just to play his character (whatever that character may be) and feel the joy of the crowd and pass on his wisdom to the current talent.
He's not afraid to take a loss, he's respected enough to be considered a contender and he has no qualms about telling anyone how he feels. He's exactly what the WWE needs.
But, how long will Jericho keep this up? With a number of side projects and since he's no longer the youngest in terms of the average age of a WWE talent, one would have to expect that the less he's used, the less he'd want to be involved. In an interview with Jim Ross on the Ross Report, Jericho explained that he's not anywhere close to retirement.
Jericho said, "No, I am not there; never. The last run I had in 2016 with Kevin Owens and the Festival of Friendship and all that stuff, it was one of my favorite runs, one of my top two favorite runs."
You see Jericho only cares about the story. As the type of wrestler who refuses to sell merchandise (and in turn make money) when he's a bad guy, Jericho feels the only good reason to ever return is because there's something fun and interesting for him to sink his teeth into.
He continued, "I enjoyed the Kevin Owens storyline so much. Once it ended, I knew that I needed to get away for a while because I knew there was nothing that can compare to that. It's good to step away and step aside for a bit, but when the time comes I am sure I will be back, but until then I am so busy that you will be seeing me all the time anyways."
So, for fans who miss "The List", Jericho and all the "stupid idiots" who follow him, have no fear, Jericho isn't gone forever.