Chris Jericho Won’t Be Back In Wrestling For ‘A Long Time’ And Talks About Retirement
WWE superstar Chris Jericho just finished his most recent run with the company by putting over Kevin Owens and then leaving with an injury angle. Now, Jericho is out on the road touring with his rock band, Fozzy, and enjoying his life as a rock star. In an interview on Thursday with The Washington Post, Chris made an interesting comment about his possible WWE return.
At the age of 46, Chris Jericho was still putting on matches that people half his age wished they could have pulled off. His most recent run in the WWE went almost a year longer than he originally planned for it to go, and he picked up another title along the way with the United States Championship reign before finally stepping away again.
After what Chris Jericho called the most enjoyable run of his career, he said that he wouldn’t be back anytime soon. As a matter of fact, Jericho said he might never be back in the WWE again at all.
“It’ll be a long time before I go back. If I ever do go back, if I never go back, it’s fine. If I never wrestle another match, it wouldn’t bother me.”
This is an interview with The Washington Post, but fans of Chris Jericho knows that he likes to toy with them. Many times in the past, Chris has said that he wasn’t going to show up in the WWE, and he was there one week later. Jericho loves to keep people on their toes and saying he is not going back for a long time might just be another of those teases.
As a matter of fact, Chris Jericho is scheduled to wrestle NXT star Hideo Itami in Japan on June 30 and July 1. Of course, one-off matches, especially those not on television, shouldn’t be considered an official WWE return. As a matter of fact, Chris told ESPN he worked a large number of house shows in 2015 and never appeared on TV once.
“I think in 2015, I worked 60 shows for the company, but didn’t do one TV show. I like the freedom that you have on live events, the camaraderie, and also that it’s a place where you can learn, and a place where I can help the newer guys learn.”
For now, Chris Jericho is on the road with Fozzy doing something that he loves while allowing his body to heal up from the huge feud he just finished with Kevin Owens in the WWE. At the age of 46, Jericho found his career revitalized with the great storyline with Owens and his body revitalized with Diamond Dallas Page’s DDP Yoga.
At the age of 46, it isn’t easy to keep a body strong, but thanks to DDP Yoga, he put on some of the best matches of his career. Jericho told Muscle and Fitness that DDP Yoga healed his herniated disc.
“I was in the worst pain in my life. I couldn’t bend over; it even hurt to sneeze. After I started to doing yoga it cleared up. Then I lost 15 pounds and … felt better, so why would I not continue doing that?”
Despite that, Chris Jericho is at an age where he might be thinking of winding down his WWE career. He started his career 28 years ago and made his WWE debut 18 years ago. Now, he has a chance to reach success in the music industry with a single that has suddenly taken off.
Fozzy started out as just a joke for Chris Jericho, but he took it seriously and turned it into a hugely successful band, specifically in the U.K. and on the festival scene. Chris said the new single “Judas” has really hit bigger than any song they have recorded, with 3.5 million views on YouTube in just two weeks.
While Chris Jericho said he might never wrestle another match, fans know never to say never in the WWE. While he is out, Chris will still entertain fans on the music stage and will one day return to the WWE in one way or another. Chris Jericho is a guaranteed WWE Hall of Fame superstar when he finally hangs up his tights.
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