Future WWE Hall of Famer Chris Jericho is busier than ever it seems these days. The former WWE and World Heavyweight Champion has been making rounds with his band Fozzy, keeping up with his “Talk is Jericho” podcast among several other endeavors.
For some time, it has been reported Jericho will work several live events leading up to WrestleMania 31. However, he will not be performing on WWE television as he does this. It is also unlikely he will work WrestleMania itself.
In a recent interview with SLAM! Sports, the 44-year-old noted while he will still come back for short runs, his full-time wrestling days are behind him:
“I know that some fans would like to just seem me wrestle until I explode in a puff of dust — that won’t happen. I think everybody knows that wrestling is less and less of my life, and that my days of being a full-time wrestler (are over). But as long as I feel that I can still contribute, and can still perform at the highest level that I’ve set for myself, then I’ll go back from time to time.”
He went on to joke about his live events schedule:
“I’m going back in January and February to just do live events — no TV, just house shows,” he said. “(To do only live events) was my choice. I had some time off (between Fozzy tours), and I thought it would be fun to go back (on that schedule). It’s like I’m the anti-Brock Lesnar,” he joked, in reference to Lesnar’s schedule which keeps him off the road and exclusively on TV and pay-per-view.”
The “Ayatollah of Rock & Rolla” also promoted his newest book, “The Best in the World at What I Have No Idea:”
“It’s a long process to write a book,” he explained. “It takes the better part of a year, and that’s working on it pretty much every day for hours on end. You have to sit down and think to yourself what you’re going to talk about, and think about, ‘will this story work, will that story work?’ Then write out very basic forms of the stories, and then sit down and start writing it. The first draft takes about six months, and then each draft afterwards takes about half that.”
More from the interview can be found here.
My ideology is, if he still has a passion for it, do it. He’s living the life right now. Good for him.