There is no denying that WWE often relies on legends returning in order to pick up any dip in ratings or support from fans that it has had, and last night's episode of Monday Night Raw proved to be no exception.
Although it was no secret, news of both Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes making appearances on the weekly WWE show certainly raised excitement levels among the WWE Universe.
It is doubtlessly a killer blow therefore, when one of the biggest names in professional wrestling says it is extremely unlikely that he will take part in any of the upcoming televised WWE programmes.
When you hear about Chris Jericho's lifestyle however, the fact he does not have much time to make WWE his priority like it once was, is understandable.
Speaking in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Jericho explained what he loves about his current involvement with WWE Live Events: "It's a little more fan interactive...you're allowed to finish the match. With the TV shows, everything is meticulously timed, there is more wrestling and less talking sometimes at the live events."
Changing role for legend of the game
Given his feelings towards being part of the current WWE live events, Jericho's reply to the question of whether he will participate in any upcoming televised events was unsurprising:
"I really don't think so. The live events are always so stress-free. You can do whatever you want, they don't have specific story lines you are beholden to. In the live event, it's just for the people in the crowd. We stress the fun."
With the success of his podcast; Talk Is Jericho, as well as touring with his band Fozzy, being a family man and still taking part in WWE Live Events, there is little room for criticism at Y2J's talk of not having the time for a full return to WWE.
Realistically, WWE should be grateful for Jericho's appearances even on the Live Event circuit, given his truly hectic schedule.
He added: "My career as a full-time wrestler is long gone, for about the past four or five years now, really. I've been really fortunate, from the band to the podcast, and I'm out in Hollywood working, too, so the dream has kind of taken off."
Despite it being something they heavily rely on therefore, WWE must consider when they plan to have such legends making appearances on WWE television, why they are just that, legends.
These wrestlers undeniably have a lot more going on outside the world of WWE now, which is completely plausible, but perhaps this should mean that the company should take another direction to increase its ratings, as it is becoming somewhat of a repetition.
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