During a recent interview with For The Win, WWE Superstar Chris Jericho discussed whether he plans to return full-time to WWE, Roman Reigns’ WWE suspension, Brock Lesnar fighting at UFC 200 and more. Here are some highlights:
On Brock Lesnar Fighting at UFC 200: I think it’s great. It’s awesome anytime you can get someone the mainstream spotlight. Brock is Brock. He could lose in 20 seconds and the next night he could beat the entire roster and he’d still be the most over guy in the company. … (Working with UFC) strengthens his position. There’s nothing to lose. It makes Brock a bigger star, and it makes WWE bigger. I know I’ll be watching. I also don’t think Vince (McMahon) allowed him to do out of the goodness of his heart, either. I’m sure he’s going to get something back whether that’s Ronda Rousey or Conor McGregor or something.
On Roman Reigns’ Suspension: Reigns is a great guy and a great worker. That he was suspended shows there is no BS or (messing) around when it comes to the policy. There are things on (the banned list) that are not anywhere but on the WWE list. You see the things that happened 10, 15 years in the past that don’t happen anymore. You don’t see guys dying young. Reigns is a cool cat. He’ll own it, come back and be a bigger star in the future. I’m a huge Reigns fan and continue to be.
On His Schedule: Absolutely.You look at my WWE activities since 2010 — and when I come back I’m not a part-time performer – but if you look at the overall schedule over the last six years, it’s part time. I’ll never be a full-time performer again and who knows how much longer I’ll do it for. Ten years ago, I foresaw my own future and didn’t want to be at the mercy of the wrestling business. I wanted to come and go as I pleased and so I found ways to do that. Fozzy is bigger than it’s ever been before. I think the Jericho Network has the potential to be huge. I’m 45 years old and pretty soon, I’m not going to want to take any more bumps. But if you look at the arc of entertainment, you can go until you’re 75 years old or beyond. There’s no limit to what you can accomplish in the world of entertainment. It’s all I’ve ever known since I was 19. I’m writing my fourth book, I’m doing more acting. I’m keeping all those balls in the air. It was a smart move on my part and I’m not going to stop. If I stopped wrestling tomorrow, I’d still be out there providing things for you guys to do to enjoy your lives. Podcasting came about at the exact right time for me. It’s been a huge game changer as far as media is perceived and getting stuff out there. With the long form on-demand conversational format, there’s nowhere else you can do it. You go on The Tonight Show and you’re on for eight minutes. Mine are 45 minutes or longer if they’re going well. The podcasting forum isn’t yet what it can be over the next three, four, five years.