Upon his triumphant return at the Royal Rumble it was rumored (from F4WOnline.com via NoDQ.com) that Chris Jericho was to turn heel and face Ryback at WrestleMania XXIX.
With his match with Fandango having just been made official, some may have thought that those rumors were typical misinformation spread amongst the internet, but according to Jericho there was truth to them.
Wrestlinginc.com reports that the Fozzy front man recently appeared on Wrestling Observer Radio and had some interesting things to say:
"When Jericho left for a tour of Australia with Fozzy, the plan was for him to turn heel and feud with Ryback. He came back from the tour and was informed by Eric Pankowski that plans changed and he would be facing Fandango as a babyface"
Y2J admitted he wasn't happy with the change in plans at first, but he's happy with their buildup and is now excited for their match.
Some information of his future WWE plans was also divulged.
"Jericho will take some time off after WrestleMania to tour with Fozzy from April 13th through the 28th. The deal he came back under was for WrestleMania but there is an understanding that he would like to work with WWE when other projects aren't going on."
Interestingly, it was noted that Y2J isn't looking at spending long periods of time away from wrestling. It wasn't specified what "long periods of time" means.
Jericho also mentioned that he negotiated his return deal with Triple H rather than Vince McMahon. How that will impact the frequency and significance of his future WWE tenures remains to be seen, but it will surely be a factor.
Although you could look at Fandango as a waste of Jericho's talents, things ultimately worked out for the best.
The matchup of Jericho and Ryback is strikingly uneven, and it would be obvious to all that Y2J would simply be a fresh meal for Big Hungry at the Show of Shows.
While Fandango may be unestablished and unproven in the ring, at least there is some mystique to their match at WrestleMania.
Almost as importantly, with the door apparently being left wide open for Jericho, it seems possible, even probable, that WrestleMania XXIX won't be the last we see of him in 2013.
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