When it was announced Chris Jericho would be facing Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12, fans first reaction was “wow”. Their second reaction was, ‘what exactly does this mean for Chris Jericho and the WWE?’
It was reported that Jericho had gone to the WWE and asked them to be a part of the Rock ‘N Wrestling cruise he was organizing. When they declined, he went to Ring of Honor (ROH) for a partnership. That cued all sorts of speculation that he and the WWE were at odds. When it became public just a little while later that he’d be a part of NJPW’s biggest show of the year, a number of people really believed something might have soured between the two sides.
It was later learned that Jericho had Vince McMahon’s blessing and the WWE is well aware of Jericho’s outside ventures. They, and Jericho, saw this as a good promotional opportunity and since Jericho is a “WWE guy” through and through, there was no concern he’d not be back.
While the news is great he’ll be back in a WWE ring one day, the unfortunate news learned today is that it doesn’t look like WrestleMania 34 will be the place or the time of Jericho’s return.
This year WrestleMania 34 will be taking place on April 8, 2018 from New Orleans. As per an Instagram post, Jericho’s band will be at Wally’s in Hampton Beach, NH while on tour. Considering there isn’t a program in the works for Jericho anyway and he’s always said he’ll return only if there is a good angle for him to sink his teeth into, it’s not surprising Jericho won’t be back.
And before fans get too concerned this there is actually more to this than a simple band scheduling issue, consider Jericho offered this sound bite with Jim Ross on The Ross Report:
“The relationship I have with Vince that I would never jeopardize that or give him any nasty surprises, so I’ll just leave it at that… I think he appreciates the fact that when the business is healthy, I think that he knows that it’s better for his business as well, so for Chris Jericho to go to New Japan, I mean, everybody knows that I’m a WWE guy. That’s just the way it is. I have been for 17 years, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime dream match, per se, with a lot of money at stake. And, for me to not pursue that I thought would have been a crime. And I think Vince felt the same way. As I said, the timing of this is perfect.”
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