Earlier this week, Chris Jericho released the schedule for his band Fozzy’s next North American tour. The date which caught the eye of many wrestling fans was their Hampton Beach, New Hampshire show on April 8, 2018... the same day WWE will hold WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans.
Jericho is a consumate worker who’s pulled off some big suprise returns in the past, so that can’t ever be ruled out when considering his plans. But in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Y2J continued to indicate we probably should expect him to show up in a WWE ring any time soon:
“...2016 was one of the best years of my career, so people are always asking when I'm going back but there were no plans to go back. There still isn't.”
The focus of the Rolling Stone piece is on what a busy man Jericho is. It covers his upcoming match in New Japan with Kenny Omega, next Fall’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager at Sea cruise, a couple of television projects in addition to his work with Fozzy.
Net of all that is that WWE is on the “back burner”. Jericho still thinks he’ll go back, but he’s also returning to a line he offered a lot before past comebacks:
“...if I don't it wouldn't bother me either because I've had a lot of great times there, but I've got a lot of stuff on the horizon that's building as well.”
He talks a lot about how his match at Wrestle Kingdom 12 next month, and the rise of his opponent there - as well as Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks in NJPW and Ring of Honor (ROH) - is good for the business. But he also says “sooner or later” everyone ends up working for Vince McMahon.
So expect Jericho to be back there some day, too. But maybe not in 2018.