Chris Jericho has put on some of the best matches in wrestling over the past several months, but it appears as though he won't be performing on the SummerSlam stage this year. Y2J will be performing on another stage, though, as he trades in his tights for leather pants and focuses on his singing career with Fozzy.
Jericho has masterfully juggled his love for wrestling and music in recent years. However, music remains his top priority at this point. That much was clear when Jericho tweeted a farewell message to the WWE Universe on Wednesday morning.
Fozzy's tour is scheduled to begin on Aug. 4, according to SongKick.com, as it kicks off in Denmark before heading to the United Kingdom. Fozzy has dates scheduled throughout the months of August, September and October, so Jericho will be out of the WWE picture for at least the next few months in all likelihood.
The writing was already on the wall since it has long been known that Fozzy has a show scheduled in Reading, England on Aug. 18, which happens to be the same date as SummerSlam in Los Angeles. SummerSlam is one of WWE's biggest events of the year, but it will have to survive without Jericho.
Jericho returned as a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble early this year, and he proceeded to engage in a number of entertaining mid-card feuds. The most notable among them was his rivalry with Fandango. Jericho put Fandango over at WrestleMania XXIX, but Fandango returned the favor at Extreme Rules as Jericho won the match.
Jericho also had a fantastic match against CM Punk at Payback. Once again, Jericho came out on the losing end, but he put on a great show. The final pay-per-view match of Jericho's latest WWE run came at Money in the Bank in a losing effort against Ryback. It marked Ryback's first pay-per-view win in a year, so Jericho paid it forward before his most recent sabbatical from wrestling.
He followed that up with an absolutely fantastic match against Rob Van Dam on Raw. RVD went over after more than 20 minutes, and it can be argued that it was somewhat of a pass-the-torch moment. With Jericho away, expect Van Dam to step into his role as the veteran who puts over the younger talent.
It's always sad when Jericho departs the WWE, but he'll likely be back eventually. Fans will undoubtedly await that moment with great anticipation.
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