Chris Jericho Interview: Talks Royal Rumble, Roman Reigns, And Ryback

WWE superstar and lead singer of Fozzy, Chris Jericho, recently sat down for an interview with Digital Spy to talk about the Royal Rumble, Roman Reigns, and why he feels like Ryback has been unfairly criticized.

Chris Jericho on returning to WWE and competing in this year’s Royal Rumble

“Absolutely. I already made one of the greatest surprise returns of all time in the 2013 Royal Rumble, so why would I ever do that again? Once I do something, it’s done, so time to move on.”

“I don’t have time to be in the WWE right now, it’s not part of the schedule. [Fozzy] come back to the UK in March for the whole month, then we’re doing France, Switzerland, Germany and then we come back home and go out for the summer. I won’t be back in the WWE for a while because the schedule is already filling up and WWE isn’t a part of that.”

“My days of being a full-time wrestler are over. A much as people don’t want to hear that, or don’t like it, or don’t listen to me when I say it; just look at the schedule I have going on. I won’t be at the Royal Rumble and I won’t be at WrestleMania this year — I’m already booked.”

Chris Jericho on Roman Reigns

“I think Roman’s doing great, I think there’s a lot of guys doing great, but it all depends on the reaction of the fans and I think right now the next two or three weeks are crucial to see what kind of reaction these guys get and that will decide where they are going to be slotted in WrestleMania. They’re listening to what the crowd is reacting to, and then deciding from there.”

“If Roman Reigns is getting a great crowd reaction, then there’s a great chance he’s going to get more and more of a push – that’s how things go. I think they probably have a tentative plan already for the top three or four matches at WrestleMania, now they just have to see if the pieces continue to fall into place.”

Chris Jericho on Ryback being unfairly criticized

“Loved it! That’s why I wanted to have Ryback on, I wanted people to see his personality, to hear his passion. He was unfairly accused [by CM Punk], in my opinion, of certain things, but I worked with Ryback for months and loved it. I know he’s not dumb and I know he’s not an idiot, and I just wanted to give him a chance to tell his side of the story and show his personality and let people know what he’s all about.”

“The fact that he took that to Vince McMahon, and he listened to it and decided to do a whole 5 to 10 minute promo based around that, I take great pride in that fact. I had a mission to let people see Ryback in a different light – they did, they enjoyed him as a person, they enjoyed his real attitude and his real personality. That’s good for me, that’s good for my business.”

“It’s going to make people want to do my show even more now, knowing that I was able to help Ryback, and that’s what Talk Is Jericho is — it’s not a show to scandalize or to cause issues or to make people look stupid. The type of show I run is for people to have fun, enjoy themselves and let the fans see a different side of them.”

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