WWE legend Chris Jericho has already stated that he has no desire to return to WWE for the Royal Rumble and Road to WrestleMania, like he has so many times before.
Instead the former World Champion is happy to work house shows and stay off WWE TV and out of the spotlight whilst on a break from touring with his band Fozzy.
The 44-year-old recently spoke to Slam Wrestling to clarify his upcoming WWE appearances and his future within the business.
He said: "I'm going back in January and February to just do live events -- no TV, just house shows. (To do only live events) was my choice. I had some time off (between Fozzy tours), and I thought it would be fun to go back (on that schedule). It's like I'm the anti-Brock Lesnar."
When asked about his wrestling career, he responded by saying: "I know that some fans would like to just seem me wrestle until I explode in a puff of dust -- that won't happen. I think everybody knows that wrestling is less and less of my life, and that my days of being a full-time wrestler (are over).
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"But as long as I feel that I can still contribute, and can still perform at the highest level that I've set for myself, then I'll go back from time to time."
This is both a good and bad news for Jerichoholics, who will be boosted by the fact that Jericho still has the fitness to return and be a part of WWE in feud with some of it's biggest upcoming stars, but at the same time Jericho wont be on TV so he wont actually be a part of WWE's product.
The former champion seems to be happy with the set up he has with WWE because it allows him the time away to tour with Fozzy and it allows him to continue to wrestle without being tied down to as many appearances as many of the younger superstars.
He is sort of the opposite to Brock Lesnar because he only makes TV appearances and he does make many of those. Brock is only in WWE for the titles now, whereas Jericho has always been about putting over new superstars and caring about the future of the business.
Wrestling needs more superstars like Chris Jericho and even though we wont be seeing him on TV any time soon, it's good to know he is still behind the scenes making a difference.
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