After losing to Finn Balor today in Tokyo Chris Jericho is headed back to the states to pursue music with his band Fozzy. Jericho usually takes some time off every year or so to tour with his band and after his monumental run last year capped off by a United States championship reign and feud with Kevin Owens that culminated in a match at Wrestlemania 33 Y2J is riding off into the sunset for now.
“This is my 15th tour of Japan. It’s hard to believe my first tour was in 1991… I took the whole year 2016 away from Fozzy to come to the WWE. I had a great time, one of the best runs of my career, and then it was time to go back to the band and focus on music for a while. So this was kind of like the last hurrah for the WWE for this time… this run, but once again I can’t pass up a trip to Japan, because I love Japan so much. But it was a job well done and I feel like I can take off the boots and go back to music for a while knowing I left on a really high note.”
Notice Jericho said, “this time” and “this run”. He definitely didn’t close the door on a return down the line. At 46 years of age the first ever Undisputed WWF Champion is on top of his game and shows no signs of slowing down. Right now his hit song “Judas” is tearing up the charts so he has to strike while the iron is hot and tour to support the record. But with that being said, if I had to guess, Jericho will be back in either late 2017 or early 2018 for Wrestlemania 34 in New Orleans.