If there's one superstar who is currently on the independent circuit that WWE would love to have on either Monday Night Raw or SmackDown Live once more, it's Chris Jericho.
Jericho still has a strong and good relationship with the WWE and can likely go back whenever he pleases, but he hasn't appeared for the company for several months despite having the time to do so.
Y2J's last appearance for the WWE came at the Greatest Royal Rumble back in April this year in Saudi Arabia when he was one of the 50 superstars featured in the Greatest Royal Rumble match.
Since then, he's become an even bigger name in wrestling than what he previously was, becoming the IWGP Intercontinental Champion as well as booking a sold-out cruise with the Rock n Wrestling Rager At Sea.
It's because of his success with his recent cruise that Jericho is reluctant to sign a new WWE deal that would see him wrestle with the company more often.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, via Ringside News, if WWE got onboard (pardon the pun) with Jericho's cruises, he'd be more inclined to work with them.
He said: “He could easily go back to WWE and I would think that he would. But the one thing that makes this scenario different is the cruises. He wants to do the cruises as an annual thing.
"WWE pretty much they turned him down the first time, but that doesn’t mean they’ll always turn him down. But they turned him down the first time.
“There is a question of if they would want to be involved so strongly but maybe they would. But if they don’t want to be involved then it is to his benefit to, if the cruise thing is going to be one of his annual projects, then it is to his benefit not to be with WWE but to be in wrestling and have an affiliation.
“He didn’t work for Ring Of Honor, but he made a deal with Ring Of Honor for the last cruise. All of the talent came with the exception of Kenny Omega, all the talent either came from Ring Of Honor or Impact because he’s friends with Don Callis.
"So it would make sense for him to have a strong involvement with a company who has talent that he could use that would be marketable on his cruise. That would all make sense in that regard.”
As a result, Jericho is unlikely to return to WWE anytime soon on a regular schedule. If WWE can just get onboard with the cruise idea, they could have Y2J back in their ranks.
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