Everyone’s been talking about Chris Jericho this year thanks to his work with NJPW, and he recently defeated Tetsuya Naito to win the IWGP Intercontinental Championship for the first time in his career.
You never know where Chris Jericho might show up nowadays, but during an interview with Inside The Ropes he counted himself out of a few upcoming events.
“I got asked to do [Strong Style Evolved in] Long Beach, I said ‘no.’ I got asked to do [the G1 Special at the] Cow Palace, I said ‘no.’ I got asked to do “All In,” I said ‘no.’ I don’t want to do that,” Jericho said via Wrestling Inc. “You should see how many indie promoters have contacted me over the last six months. … You guys have to understand, this is not just me…it’s a calculated, big money proposition. Big money for me, big money for the company doing it. I’m not going to work anywhere else, unless you want to pay six f—— figures, I’m not bragging, but this is where we’re at.”
Jericho went on to say that he’s making the most amount of money for the least amount of matches in his career, but he feels that the unwritten rule is that he shouldn’t work for another wrestling promotion in the United States.
“It’s not a matter of just going out and doing indies – and like I said – I always felt like the unwritten rule is I don’t want to go into the states,” Jericho continued. “I felt like that would be a real slap in the face of Vince [McMahon]. Ya know if something ever went down with us, I probably would do a show in the states and we could probably fill the Cow Palace. Jericho and Kenny [Omega] rematch, or whatever it may be. “All In” I’d love to be a part of that, but ‘A’ it’s in Chicago and ‘B’…at the risk sounding like an ass—-, but I can’t lower my value by working one of these shows. It’s about picking my spots with the right guys at the right places for the overall contract I’m signing.”