Backstage News On If Chris Jericho Is Under WWE Contract, If A WWE Return Is Expected

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Despite new reports, Chris Jericho is not underneath WWE agreement and has been a giveaway representative given his WWE agreement lapsed in May, according to Dave Meltzer in a latest book of The Wrestling Observer. Jericho will be confronting IWGP U.S. Champion Kenny Omega during Wrestle Kingdom 12 on Jan 4th, 2018 during a Tokyo Dome in what is now a one-shot deal. It will be his initial compare outward of WWE given 1999, when he left WCW to pointer with WWE.

Jericho and Omega had been verbally feuding on amicable media over a past integrate of weeks and it was transparent that they were building to something. As remarkable around Wrestling Observer Radio, Jericho got a suspicion for a compare with Omega while examination a rave to a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather quarrel this past summer. Jericho wanted to come adult with something large that people suspicion they would never see and approached mutual friend, Don Callis, who works as a English tone commentator for New Japan Pro Wrestling events on New Japan Pro Wrestling World. Callis approached Omega with a idea, and afterwards they took it to NJPW conduct booker, Gedo. They had a tip assembly in Aug in New York, however a understanding wasn’t finished until October. The promo from Jericho above that aired this past weekend during NJPW Power Struggle was filmed about dual weeks ago in Los Angeles, shortly after a understanding was finalized.

“The final integrate of months, I’ve been operative on it,” Jericho pronounced of a understanding on a many new part of Talk Is Jericho. “Keeping it a tip from all of we was indeed so astounded and happy that it finished adult staying a secret. Nobody knew until a compare was announced during a finish of Kenny’s compare in Osaka [Japan] a other day, that was in a center of a night for everybody.”

According to The Observer, Jericho’s final WWE agreement lapsed during WrestleMania 33 this past April, however he sealed a one-month prolongation that finished in May when he forsaken a WWE U.S. pretension to Kevin Owens on SmackDown Live. Jericho worked a few WWE shows in Japan over a summer as good as one part of SmackDown in late Jul as a surprise, however those were as a giveaway agent. As noted, Jericho was asked to work WWE TLC opposite Finn Balor in late Sep after Bray Wyatt was forced to lift out of a show, however he couldn’t do it due to other commitments.

Kenny Omega Tries To End Banter With Chris Jericho And Throws Jab At Roman Reigns

Meltzer remarkable that people tighten to a conditions design Jericho to lapse to WWE in 2018, with one source observant that it could be as early as a RAW 25th anniversary uncover in January. It was remarkable that Jericho returning during a RAW 25th anniversary would be a bigger understanding entrance off of a high form NJPW match, given a response that AJ Styles perceived entrance from NJPW. It was remarkable that WWE is pronounced to have no emanate with Jericho doing a compare with Omega.

Jericho is operative with ROH for his journey subsequent year in October, with Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks being reliable for a cruise. Jericho had creatively approached WWE about carrying NXT talent perform on a cruise, though they incited it down.

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