Chris Jericho recently spoke with the folks from The Mirror to promote his Words Of Jericho one-man shows in Glasgow, Scotland, Manchester, England and London, England next week. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On being a "marquee attraction" part-time performer for WWE: "Well, Brock Lesnar has what Chris Jericho has in WWE, you know what I mean? I come and go when I feel it's right. I'm there more than Brock is when I'm there, but as far as being there/not being there, I'm not under contract to WWE. Everyone always thinks that, they're always like 'oh is WWE cool with you working in New Japan?' It doesn't matter if they're cool or not because I'm not under contract. My contract with them ended in May of last year. So I have the right to do whatever I want to do, I don't have to ask permission from anybody. I tell them what I'm doing out of courtesy because I respect the company and respect Vince McMahon, but I don't have a contract with anybody, other than the match I have with Tetsuya Naito coming up."
On the rumor getting out about his recent NJPW return and his ability to surprise fans: "I don't know man. It's one of those things, the cat got out of the bag, but everyone was convinced I was going to be in Long Beach too [NJPW held a show titled Strong Style Evolved in California on March 25]. You can't tell me that you really knew for sure because no one knew for sure. I have found out that fans have a way to track your flight patterns now... which really makes me feel safe. Maybe that's how, they found out that Chris Jericho was flying into Tokyo or whatever it was, but once again, I don't feel bad because we were very specific, very secret about it. I flew into Haneda Airport, stayed a night there, then secretly flew into Fukuoka and stayed at a different hotel, so if people say they knew I was there that's wrong, because there might have been some rumors, but it's not like I was busted or caught red-handed or anything along those lines. If I hadn't have been there, people would have just said 'oh that's Jericho, we thought he was going to be at Long Beach too'."
On whether or not there are any Superstars in WWE that he still wants to return to have a long rivalry with: "It's all about the story. If it's a good story I will work with anybody. I enjoy wrestling still but I enjoy the storyline behind it. I liked the idea of a surprise attack on Naito, I like all these type of things that you don't really expect to see. That's why I still enjoy wrestling. Yeah sure, working with [Braun] Strowman would be great, working with Daniel Bryan would be great, working with any of those guys would be great, I love Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins and all of those dudes. But what's the story behind it? If we can come up with a good story, then I'm all in. If not, then I will just continue doing what I'm doing right now and having a lot of fun doing it."
Check out the complete Chris Jericho interview at Mirror.co.uk.