Exclusive: What are the chances that Chris Jericho will return to the WWE? Showrenity spoke with the “Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rollah” during a Syfy channel reception at the TCA Press Tour, where Jericho was promoting his new series, Robot Combat League.
Firstly, Jericho spoke about how much he enjoyed his most recent stint in the WWE. “I loved it,” he said. “I thought it was a really cool, exciting run. I thought I had a great storyline with CM Punk, with some great matches. Even throughout the summer. The four-way match I had with Sheamus, Del Rio and Randy Orton was great, and then the final match I had with Ziggler was amazing too. But that’s how my career with the WWE’s going to be from now on. I’ll go back when I have some open time and when I’m into it. But you know, after doing it for 22 years I don’t want to be doing it as my only career.”
“When I was a kid, I wanted to be in a rock band and I wanted to be a wrestler,” Jericho continued. “And those were my dreams. So all this ancillary tuff comes from the show business boot camp of wrestling. I love hosting, I loved doing Dancing with the Stars, I love writing. But, you know, I love being in a band and I love wrestling. Those are my two passions. But as time moves on, there will be less wrestling and more band and more stuff like this [Jericho hosting Syfy's Robot Combat League]. The hosting, the acting and so on. Because it’s all part of the same thing. The creative element that’s inside of me. And just being on the road with the WWE is very hard. You have to be 100% there, and if you’re not then you have to step aside. So I’ll drift in an out of the WWE when the time is right and I feel it, as long as they’ll take me. But if I never wrestle another match, I’d be very satisfied with my career.”
With The Rock making a big return to RAW last night, I wanted to check in and see if Jericho still followed the current product. “I’m pretty busy, yeah, but I’ll still follow it every week,” he explained. “Or I’ll read what happened online. I’ll check out the pay-per-views once in a while if I’m home. But it’s more from a fan standpoint. I don’t nitpick. And it’s for scouting. Who do I think has ‘it,’ and who doesn’t have ‘it.’ But it’s not like I have a lot of time to watch it regularly. I’ll just check in with it from time to time, or read up online to find out who’s doing what.”
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