Upon embarking on his hiatus, Jericho made it clear to Vince McMahon that he had no intentions of signing with TNA. Thus, if Jericho were to go back on his word, he would burn a serious bridge with WWE and risk having the door closed on a possible return (at least in terms of being a main-event performer). Because Jericho cannot be sure TNA will be a stable, long-term alternative job source, the negatives seem to outweigh the positives for the gamble that is TNA.
With that in mind, it’s not as if Jericho has given TNA a great deal of consideration. While the possibility is always open, the wrestler has not expressed anything that could be perceived as a desire to join the company.
But, what if he does? In that case, WWE officials are still not worried, as they do not believe a promotion can be built around Chris Jericho. WWE is very high on Jericho, but the feeling is that he’s not nearly big enough a star to single-handedly take a promotion to war with WWE. Obviously, WWE would be upset to lose one of its top performers, but just as Chris Jericho won’t be the shot in the arm TNA needs to seriously compete, his absence from WWE would hardly drive it into the ground.