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WWE News: Jericho interview - latest comments on potential WWE return, wrestling fans entitled?, veiled shots at The Rock, Cena-Rock build-up

May 17, 2011 - 12:52:46 PM
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By James Caldwell, Torch assistant editor

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In his latest public comments on a potential WWE return, Chris Jericho says he's not sure when he will return with Fozzy touring throughout 2011. He also says he believes wrestling fans have a sense of entitlement to his career.

"It's not like I said I'm never coming back, but I also never put a date on it," Jericho told Arda Ocal of the Right After Wrestling radio show in an interview promoting Fozzy's various summer tours.

"People, I think, sometimes feel a little entitled, that it's like, 'Well, Jericho said he's coming back or Jericho should be coming back by now.' To me, it's all about expanding yourself as a performer and continuing to challenge myself doing things I find interesting to do."

Jericho added that he doesn't want to limit himself to just being a "WWE wrestler," which he says many wrestling fans only see him as.

"It's like there's some sort of expiration date on me. I never once said I was coming back and I'm not sure when that will be. My contract ended in September, I knew Dancing with the Stars was coming up, and I knew Fozzy had a lot of tour dates coming up," Jericho said.

"It might make a lot of wrestling fans angry, but it makes a lot of music fans happy. If wrestling fans are angry at me, I'm sorry, but with Fozzy gaining as much momentum...I think people should see the reason why we want to continue playing as much as we can with Fozzy."

-- Jericho offered some interesting comments on the build-up to The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 28 next year and took a few veiled shots at Rock.

"It (the build-up to WM28) might be a little long, but if anything, it's a little sad because it takes away some of that mysticism of who's going to be in the main event of WrestleMania. What happens if, eight months from now, someone is really, really hot and should be in that position, but that position is already taken. What do you do?

"But, I think they did that to show people that Rock isn't going anywhere and won't be coming back and forth. It's almost like he's playing in the games and not playing in the practices. He's got that main event spot at WrestleMania without having to do house shows. Hey, he's The Rock. When a guy like that comes back, people are excited about, and he can pick and choose his spots, so good for him."

-- Also in the interview, Jericho called himself a pioneer for wrestling on Dancing with the Stars and thinks other wrestlers will follow him on DWTS after he "broke the perception" of pro wrestlers to the general public.

-- Jericho said he's been offered "probably ten reality shows," but he doesn't believe he'll appear on other reality shows and viewed DWTS as an opportunity to appeal to an audience of 23 million viewers.

Link: TheScore.com for Jericho's 15-minute interview.

Caldwell's Analysis: If WWE is secretly building to a Rock vs. Jericho match prior to WrestleMania 28, they're doing a solid job laying the foundation. Otherwise, interesting comments from Jericho, who perhaps feels that if he were to return to WWE prior to WrestleMania 28, it would be overshadowed by Rock vs. Cena hype.

As for the comments about Rock not working house shows prior to WM28, that's an empty complaint since Rock completed that era of his career working full-time, working the schedule, doing the grind, etc. as he was progressing into one of the all-time top stars in WWE history. Rock came out of it alive, with a lucrative movie career, and the flexibility to come back to WWE when he can make a difference business-wise for himself and WWE.

[Torch art credit Grant Gould (c) PWTorch.com]


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