Chris Jericho’s most recent WWE run ended months ago, but he hasn’t slowed down one bit. He’s been busy touring with Fozzy, he’s released a new book, announced a cruise and put out more episodes of his popular podcast Talk Is Jericho.
The first ever WWE Undisputed Champion recently spoke to Rolling Stone about the various projects that he’s working on, and when he was asked about a potential WWE return he said that it’s not in the plans right now.
“I haven’t been full-time with the WWE since 2010. That’s something a lot of people don’t realize, because when I come back there’s always a good angle. And 2016 was one of the best years of my career, so people are always asking when I’m going back but there were no plans to go back. There still isn’t. I knew that I was leaving in May 2017 because the new Fozzy record would be coming out around that time, the cruise was culminating, the new book came out in August; I’ve have another season of But I’m Chris Jericho! that debuts December 7th; I have the special on the Travel Channel that was possibly a series, so I have a lot of stuff going on.”
Even though Jericho is off doing his own thing right now, he noted that he’s sure he will likely return to WWE at some point, but if a WWE return never happens it won’t bother him.
“I never expected the Kenny Omega-Jericho thing, that just kind of came up. It was something that I thought was really cool that fans never expected would happen and once it happens it just blows their minds. It’s definitely the most talked about match in the wrestling world today. I just saw a big sign for it on the marquee at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It’s a worldwide phenomenon match and one of the few true dream matches that exist in this day and age. Once again, it puts me right back in the thick of things headlining the Tokyo Dome. It’s kind of the way that I’ve built my life and professional career. 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.”
Jericho also confirmed that he’s not currently signed to any sort of part time contract with WWE.
“Nope. My contract ended with them on April 30th, 2017.”