Apparently, Chris Jericho, who is arguably the most popular guy on the current WWE roster, isn’t scheduled to work WWE’s biggest show of the year.
According to Cageside Seats, the better half of Jeri-KO won’t be on the WrestleMania 33 card next spring. But, if he continues to be one of the most entertaining characters on WWE television over the next couple of months, then plans may change, and he could be booked in one of the show’s top matches.
“Chris Jericho isn’t currently scheduled to work WrestleMania 33 next year but if he continues to have a good run on television he could be booked for a top match.”
Jericho is currently in the midst of what could be the best run of his entire career. At the very least, it’s his best run since he was the most hated heel in wrestling during his feud with Shawn Michaels back in 2008.
As of this writing, Chris Jericho’s rock band, Fozzy, hasn’t announced any upcoming tour dates. But, as Jericho told FlipSidePA, the band could release a new album at some point next year, which is probably why he’s not currently booked to be a part of WrestleMania 33.
“I’m not sure when it will come out, but probably not this year. If it is, it won’t be until the end of the year, but next year is more realistic.”
It looks like Jericho is on a collision course with his on-screen best friend, the WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens. But, it’s unclear exactly when the popular duo will finally split. As of right now, both Jericho and Owens are booked to face their two biggest rivals, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, in a singles match at next month’s Roadblock show. So, the breakup will probably be held off until the conclusion of that show.
It’s also unclear when Jericho will be leaving if he’s not going to be a part of WrestleMania 33. Will he leave after the Roadblock show next month? Probably not, because WWE is looking to stack the card for January’s Royal Rumble show, as they’re trying to fill a 70,000-seat stadium to capacity. So, they’ll almost certainly want Jericho to be a part of that show.
Could he leave after the Royal Rumble? It’s possible. But, if he does, we probably won’t see the Jericho/Owens split when he leaves unless WWE books him in a match against Owens at the Royal Rumble show.
Of course, another way to book Jericho’s exit is for Kevin Owens to lay him out following the Royal Rumble show, which would lead to a match between the two upon Jericho’s return.
If Jericho does stick around for next spring’s huge event in Orlando, the obvious opponent for him is Kevin Owens. Sure, there are a few other names out there like Shinsuke Nakamura (if WWE brings him up to the main roster by then), Brock Lesnar (who Jericho got into a backstage altercation with several months ago), and The Undertaker (who Jericho called a “stupid idiot” on Twitter). But, a match with Owens would make the most sense.
Jericho, who just turned 46, has said on numerous occasions that he’s planning to keep on wrestling as long as he feels like can be one of the best performers on the roster, and, as of today, he’s arguably the best performer on the entire roster. So, unless something drastically changes, he won’t be retiring anytime soon. But, Fozzy has been his number one priority over the last couple of years, so if something new with them pops up in early 2017, he probably won’t be a part of WWE’s biggest show of the year.
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