Chris Jericho hasn’t been on WWE television since the July 25 episode of SmackDown, where he lost a Triple Threat match for the United States Championship between Kevin Owens and AJ Styles.
Jericho has been occupied touring with his rock band, Fozzy, but will be facing Kenny Omega at the Tokyo Dome on Jan. 18. That has brought speculation that Jericho is set to return to the WWE soon, but Y2J gave a handful of updates on his wrestling future during an interview with Rolling Stone.
Asked if he was still in a part-time contract with the WWE, Jericho said “Nope,” and that his contract expired on April 30th. When asked about a return, Jericho had this to share:
“It’s all a lot of fun to do, so the WWE takes a back burner. That’s the way it is and that’s the way it’s been for the last little while.Will I go back? I’m sure I will, but if I don’t it wouldn’t bother me either because I’ve had a lot of great times there, but I’ve got a lot of stuff on the horizon that’s building as well.”
As Jericho also noted in the interview, he hasn’t been a full-time performer with the company since 2010, as he balances his life between touring with the WWE and Fozzy.
Jericho’s last run with the company earned critical acclaim from fans and pundits, and many credited Y2J for once again reinventing himself. This time, Jericho donned a scarf and made “The List of Jericho,” where he wrote down the names of everybody in WWE he disliked.
Jericho also helped put other stars over by willingly losing to younger talent, including Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, AJ Styles and Kevin Owens. Now 47 years of age, Jericho has seen his in-ring skills diminish, but he remains an excellent talker on the mic.
Last month, Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio reported that he expects Jericho to return to the Raw 25th Anniversary special on Jan. 22. After that, it’s anybody’s guess when Y2J comes back.
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