Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho recently spoke with the Mirror about his time in WWE, when will he return & much more.
What’s your position in wrestling at the moment, can we expect to see you back in the WWE anytime soon?
No time soon, I left last July and I’ve been working pretty much non-stop since then between Fozzy tours and doing the new Fozzy record and writing another book and doing my podcasts and a web series. There are a lot of projects in the Chris Jericho pantheon as always.
That’s not to say that I won’t go back but I have no plans as of right now, just because I have so much other stuff going on that I’m enjoying.
We’ll see, there’s no controversy or animosity it’s more of a timing thing; the timing has to be right for me and right for the WWE as well. When it is I’m sure we’ll both consider me coming back.
Do you always maintain a constant dialogue with the WWE even when you’re away?
For relevant reasons. Once in a while you’ll shoot texts back and forth with somebody, or if there’s some business thing going on, like if they need something signed or a scan for a video game or something like that but it’s not like I talk to the WWE every week and give them my thoughts on what’s going on with them or they call me and give their opinions on what I’ve been doing.
It’s a business relationship and like everything else when you’re gone you’re gone and when you’re back you’re back and if there’s anything in-between on a business level or a personal level I’ll get in contact with them.
I have a good relationship with the WWE and there’s no animosity but it’s not like we’re calling each other every day finding out what we had for dinner that night.
Do you think about your legacy and going into the Hall of Fame when rolls around each year?
I don’t think about that stuff man. I live in the now, I don’t really watch a lot of stuff that I’ve done on the past, I respect the fact that people enjoy my work and I’m very proud of it.
When it comes to the Hall of Fame if I get the call and if I’m available … Or if I really want to have some fun with it I’ll just pull a Sex Pistols or an Axl Rose and refuse to show up, and be like, ‘Don’t mention my name I don’t want anything to do with this.’ That would be kind of fun to do. I’ve never been the type of guy that wants that sort of thing.
You know if I never wrestle again it won’t bother me, I don’t want the big send-off – I don’t want the big farewell match where I’m in the ring crying in front of 70,000 fans because I’m such a hero and my career is done, I don’t look at it that way. My career continues to move forward.
One day much to my fans’ chagrin I won’t be wrestling anymore but I’ll playing rock ‘n’ roll in your town, or I’ll be doing a podcast and you can hear me twice a week, or I’ll be acting in some show or I’ll be doing a spoken word performance. It’s not like I’m just going to dry up and go away when I finish wrestling.
Much of what I’ve been doing over the last few years is what I’m going to be doing for the next 20 years or 30 years, and less and less of that will be in-ring performing. Not that I couldn’t still go out there now and kick ass and tear it up because that’s what I do but when the time comes that I feel I couldn’t do that anymore then I won’t do it.
Would you rather now go back to WWE and be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion again or would you rather headline a major music festival with Fozzy?
The thing is I don’t have to answer those type of questions because I do both. What would rather do this or this? Well I wanted to do both from the time I was 12; I wanted to be in a band and I wanted to be a wrestler and I just worked my entire life to make both of those dreams come true.
I can do both and I am doing both. But look I’ve been WWE Champion six times so you ask which one I choose then it would be headline Download because I haven’t done that before. But why not say do both? That’s always been my attitude, my answer I want to be the world champion and headline Download.