Chris Jericho will be leaving WWE after Summerslam to tour with Fozzy. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Chris Jericho returned to WWE to much fanfare on the Jan. 2, 2012, episode of Monday Night Raw after a series of vignettes hyping his return to "end the world as we know it." It was a fantastic hype job and he was amazing upon his return to the ring with a new look, a shredded body, and a light up jacket that stole the hearts of smarks everywhere.
Since then, he's gone on a jobbing tour the likes of which is typically reserved for wrestlers with expiring contracts. He's been putting guys over left and right and he'll continue to do so at Summerslam this Sunday night (Aug. 19) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, when he takes on Dolph Ziggler.
He's scheduled for another appearance on Raw the night after for the pay-per-view fallout show but once that's done, he'll be leaving WWE once again. That's because the band he's the front man of, Fozzy, just released its latest studio album, Sin and Bones, and will be touring in support of it.
Obviously, they'll need their lead singer for that. That means bailing on WWE once again but this time, Jericho is a little sad about it. He told the Austin Chronicle in a recent interview just that:
"I'm in the best shape of my life. I feel great. I'm enjoying this run, and if I didn't have a tour and a record coming out, I would stay. It's not like I can't wait to leave - in fact, it's the complete opposite. I'm a little sad to leave, in one way, but super-excited by the reason why I'm leaving."
That's sure to chap the ass of wrestling fans who aren't exactly fond of Fozzy but there's good news here. Jericho, being in such great shape and with life going so swimmingly, acknowledges he's not done with WWE and actually, envisions another couple of runs with the promotion:
"This will be the third time that I've left, and this may make people mad, but I've never been just a wrestler. I'm an entertainer. I do a lot of different things in that realm. I don't put myself in a box when it comes. So when I get a chance to work with a guy like Ziggler, I know what I can do with him. I know how good he is. He just needs somebody to help him. And when I'm putting together matches or doing promos with these guys, things that I just see as basics, they still haven't figured out yet. That's not a bad thing. That's just the experience difference, and that's why I can help, and I think that's why I can come and go from the WWE for years to come."
Jericho really is in that perfect position as an established top level talent who can come in and provide a fresh face for the main event at any given time. Or, he can come back to help make a guy like Dolph Ziggler. Or, he can come back for a hot storyline simply to entertain us (and himself).
It's good to be the best in the world at everything you do.
You can read the full interview with Chris Jericho at the Austin Chronicle by clicking here.