WWE legend Chris Jericho has clearly put wrestling on the back-burner over the last few years and made his music career, and his band Fozzy, his number one focus. But while Jericho is still every bit as good in his mid-40s as he’s always been, he understands that, one day, he may not be able to be one of the best wrestlers in the world, and when that day comes, he’ll retire.
For now, when he’s not on the road with his band Fozzy, Jericho appears and wrestles at WWE live events, where he’s still one of the most popular and best wrestlers in the world. In fact, according to most WWE live event reports, when Jericho appears, he almost always ends up having the best match on the show.
Jericho hasn’t been too interested in returning to WWE television over the last year or so, saying that he won’t come back as a regular television character unless WWE has something for him that he feels in “Chris Jericho-worthy,” which obviously means that he wants to be in one of the top storylines in the company.
While Jericho hasn’t ever said that he plans on retiring soon, he doesn’t rule out the fact that his next match, whether it’s at a live event or a WWE pay-per-view, may be the very last of his career.
In a recent interview with What Culture, Jericho was asked about his in-ring future and whether or not he would want a retirement match when he finally decides to hang up his boots and trunks.
Jericho said that he doesn’t want a retirement match, or even a big build up to a retirement. He added that he may have already had his last match with WWE, but he also didn’t rule out the possibility of a return in the future.
“There will never be a retirement match. I’ll never have one. When I’m finished, it might be a house show in Wolverhampton [England], but when I’m done, I’ll know it and that’s it. There will be no retirement tour, no retirement match, no big WrestleMania sendoff. I don’t believe in that either. I think when you’re done, you’re done and I don’t need somebody to pat me on the back and say how great I am. I’d rather just ride off into the sunset and just disappear and that’s probably what’ll happen. It might’ve already happened. You don’t know!”
Traditionally, any time a star the caliber of Chris Jericho is about to retire, WWE always wants to give them a big sendoff. It’s also something that the wrestling fans want as well. But, throughout his career, Jericho has been anything but traditional, so him saying that he doesn’t want a retirement tour or a big WrestleMania sendoff isn’t surprising.
The last time Jericho was on WWE television was back in September, when he teamed up with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns to take on the Wyatt Family, and after the match was over, there was a bit of a confrontation between Jericho and Ambrose, which led many to believe that there would be a match between the two at some point in the future, possibly at WrestleMania 32.
So far, Jericho has neither confirmed or denied that he’ll be wrestling at WWE’s biggest event of the year, but most would assume that he’s interested in being on the card, as it’s expected to be the biggest WrestleMania of all-time in terms of attendance, and Dean Ambrose would certainly be a “Chris Jericho-worthy” opponent.
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