Is Chris Jericho on the verge of returning to America's No.1 wrestling company?
Well, this could be in the works.
In this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer gives an update on the former WWE champion, noting he is currently in talks with WWE about a possible return to the company this spring, but his schedule with his heavy metal band Fozzy is, once again, proving to be a major obstacle:
Jericho was in talks of late about coming back for a short run leading up to Mania. As of right now there is nothing on the table although that could change in the blink of an eye. But the sides are still talking. It comes down to an issue of if he’s willing to commit to a certain period...But he’s got different tours including stuff in February so it wouldn’t be a straight shot and there is the issue over him wanting full control to negotiate any outside deals as opposed to having to get them worked through and approved by WWE.
Since leaving WWE in August, Jericho has kept himself ultra-busy: In addition to his band, he's also serving as the host for upcoming SyFy show Robot Combat League (EW.com did a lengthy article on the programme, which is due to debut next February, last month).
Jericho has also noted on his official Twitter recently that he's currently working on his third biography, although admitted to his followers that progress on it is going "slowly."
With this in mind, it's not really a surprise he and WWE are facing problems in arranging some sort of new deal. Like The Rock, Steve Austin and many others before him, he wants a mainstream career outside of wrestling, something that just doesn't work well with the ultra-hectic WWE schedule.
Ideally, though, the two parties could strike up some sort of deal in 2013; WWE television just doesn't feel the same without "Y2J" around.