Thanks to his band Fozzy releasing a new album and announcing a month worth of tour dates to support it, we all thought Payback was going to be Chris Jericho’s farewell to WWE - at least for a bit.
He then won the United States championship from Kevin Owens in San Jose on April 30, WWE announced he was moving from Raw to SmackDown with the belt, and we don’t know what to believe.
Fozzy doesn’t have a show until Friday night, so all of our speculation could be moot by tonight or tomorrow, as he could be booked to drop the title - or any number of other possibilities.
But if they opt to keep the belt on him and work around his other gig, well... it looks like the red, white and blue strap could be the blue brand’s version of Brock Lesnar’s Universal title for the next few weeks.
The band has a lot of Mondays off, but is booked every Tuesday until the last one of May. Further, Jericho has a concert on Sunday the 21st, when SmackDown will hold its next brand-specific pay-per-view (PPV), Backlash.
What does it mean? Who knows! But when has that ever stopped us from wildly speculating in the past.
Here’s all the dates and cities for Fozzy’s Judas Rising tour to assist you in over-thinking this:
May 5 – Virginia Beach, VA
May 6 – Canton, GA
May 7 – Charlotte, NC
Tuesday, May 9 – The Concourse at The International – Knoxville, TN (SmackDown in London)
May 10 – Louisville, KY – Trixie’s Entertainment Complex
May 11 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
May 12 – Green Bay Distillery – Ashwaubenon, WI
May 13 – KGRR Spring Bash – Dubuque, IA
May 14 – Northern Invasion – Somerset, WI
Tuesday, May 16 – Diesel Club Lounge – Pittsburgh, PA (SmackDown in Manchester, NH)
May 17 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
May 18 – 89 North Music Venue – Patchogue, NY
May 19 – House of Independents – Asbury Park, NJ
May 20 – Blue Fox Billiards – Winchester, VA
Sunday, May 21 – Mainstage – Morgantown, WV (Backlash in Chicago)
Tuesday, May 23 – The Machine Shop – Flint, MI (SmackDown in Toledo, Ohio)
May 24 – The Forge – Joliet, IL
May 25 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
May 26 – Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
May 27 – River City Rockfest – San Antonio, TX
May 28 – Starplex Pavilion – Dallas, TX
June 11 – Download – Donington, UK
Tuesday, June 13 – The Craufurd Arms – Milton Keynes, UK (SmackDown in New Orleans)
June 24 – Pain in the Grass – Seattle