Chris Jericho has been announced for Raw's 25th-anniversary show but there is apparently no deal in place between Y2J and WWE.
As if Raw's 25th-anniversary show wasn't already going to be a huge deal with the names already announced, this past Monday a whole new batch of Superstars were revealed to be coming back. The three-hour birthday show will air from both the Manhattan Center and the Barclays Center so with two shows happening simultaneously WWE will need as many names as possible with all hands on deck.
One of the more surprising names added to the ever-growing list this past Monday night was Chris Jericho. Less than two weeks ago, the six-time World Champion was headlining the Tokyo Dome for New Japan and he is already set to return to WWE television. It will likely only be for the one night but that is still a pretty big deal.
What's strange about Jericho's upcoming appearance on Raw is that according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, there is no deal in place between Y2J and WWE. Meltzer believes that a deal could be signed today (Tuesday) but either way WWE seem pretty confident that Jericho will be on Raw next week whatever happens. Apparently, that was always the plan and New Japan were aware of that before they began working with him.
Aside from the fact that Jericho doesn't have a contract that currently ties him exclusively to New Japan, there is no real reason why the promotion would have an issue with him appearing on Raw's 25th-anniversary. It doesn't coincide with anything he is doing for NJPW plus with Fozzy concerts clashing with both the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 34, there is no chance of an angle starting on the show that will keep Y2J there long term.
All of these names from Stone Cold to The Undertaker appearing and making comebacks for this landmark show and one of the biggest stories is the presence of Chris Jericho. Even though it has been less than a year since he last wrestled on WWE television, what he has done recently makes this appearance a very big deal. Plus, if Kevin Owens is on the show, it could make for a very awkward and intriguing atmosphere.