"Josh, this is it." Chris Jericho answered in an all too serious tone. "If I don't win at Night of Champions, I'm done. I'm leaving WWE." He declared in his Canadian accent to Josh Matthews.
Is Chris Jericho really retiring? Is he really going to join Batista and HBK as legends leaving WWE this year? Is the WWE going to be the same? That's not a question, of course it won't be the same.
Are those gelatinous hypocritical parasitic tapeworms known as Wade Barrett, John Cena, Randy Orton, and Sheamus going to end the career of the best in the world at what he does?
I excluded Edge? It doesn't matter if I excluded Edge! But as an Edgehead, I will never call him a tapeworm or a parasite.
Here are some facts. Jericho's band Fozzy will go on tour in the United Kingdom October 9-21. Also, his contract is set to expire soon. To my knowledge, he has NOT signed a new contract yet.
So what does this mean? Mathematically, it's highly unlikely Y2J takes home the WWE championship because it's a 1 in 6 chance. Also, he obviously won't be wrestling while Fozzy is on tour.
Jericho may very well retire. As you all know, Pro Wrestling is a BRUTAL business. He might be fine physically, but he is approaching 40. He has a wife, Jessica, two sons, Ash, Cheyenne, and one daughter, Sierra.
Looking at previous examples of retirement this year, Shawn Michaels and Batista were 44 and 41, respectively. HBK had been wrestling for 22 years, including an injury-forced retirement for 3 years. Batista wrestled for 10 years.
Jericho has wrestled for 20 years. He has devoted half his life to the business. 20 years of blood, sweat, and tears to become the best in the world at what he does.
So, after looking at all the evidence, will Chris Jericho retire?
The answer is NO! Chris Jericho will NOT retire.
He has already taken a long hiatus a few years ago. He also LOVES the business.
People who think "Oh this is the end of Y2J! WWE will never be the same!" need to understand something. Chris Jericho has "quit" the WWE several times. As a matter of fact, he put his career ON THE LINE against Evan Bourne just this year on Raw.
In fact, he even vowed "I'm never coming back to Raw again" just this year. Now where is he again? Oh wait, he's on Raw. In terms of kayfabe, you have to take what Jericho says with a grain of salt.
I do think he'll take a hiatus for a while. I'm thinking he comes back around at the Royal Rumble. Like Edge this year, he can be that surprise winner. Just imagine the crowd's eruption when "Break down the walls!" plays during the Royal Rumble.
This will also turn him face. With a heel-heavy roster on Raw and on Smackdown, Jericho will be better served as a top face. This can give him a chance to go back to SD. As a matter of fact, I often hear the chants "Y2J! Y2J! Y2J!" while he battled the Nexus.
With rumblings that the WWE and WHC belts may be unified, I say unify the belts at Elimination Chamber or Royal Rumble. Then have Jericho face the winner at WM 27 in Atlanta. There are countless possibilities who Jericho can battle at WM. No matter who he faces, he can and will deliver that elusive "5 star match" that defines greatness.
Chris Jericho is truly one of the best in the world at what he does. If he retires, WWE will suffer a major loss, not unlike HBK and Batista. But, more than likely, he'll be saying "You hypocritical parasites." But this time, the WWE universe will love him for it.
What do you thi- IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK!!!
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