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Chris Jericho Confirms He Will Not Be At WrestleMania, Gives Advice To Naito, Will He Wrestle For NJPW Again?, Comments On Vince, More

Chris Jericho Confirms He Will Not Be At WrestleMania 34, Gives Advice To A Jealous Naito, Will He Wrestle For NJPW Again?, More
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Chris Jericho hosts the Loudwire Music Awards at The Novo by Microsoft on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harmony Gerber/Getty Images)

Chris Jericho was interviewed by Justin Barrasso as part of Barrasso’s Week In Wrestling feature for Sports Illustrated.

You can find some highlights from the interview below.

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On his Wrestle Kingdom 12 match with Kenny Omega and not appearing at WrestleMania 34:

Chris Jericho has made it official: you will not see Y2J at WrestleMania 34, but you can at Wrestle Kingdom 12.

“If you want to see Chris Jericho wrestle, the Tokyo Dome is where you’re going to see me,” said Jericho, who wrestles Bullet Club leader Kenny Omega in an “Alpha vs. Omega” dream encounter at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s signature show on Jan. 4. “If you watch one show this year, that’s the one to watch.”

Jericho’s band Fozzy will be on tour throughout 2018. Fozzy plays at a New Hampshire club on April 8, which is the same day as WrestleMania, effectively killing any rumors that Jericho will appear at ‘Mania.

“I could go back to the WWE, I love working for Vince McMahon,” said Jericho. “But if I showed up tomorrow, as of right now, I am not slotted for the main event of WrestleMania. I am in the main event at Wrestle Kingdom.”

On advice he has for Naito who views his IWGP Heavyweight Championship match against Okada the main event:

“Naito, don’t worry about what I’m doing, just worry about what you’re doing,” offered Jericho. “You’re going on last, but just because you’re last doesn’t make you the main event. See WrestleMania 18 if you want to know more about that.

“I don’t give a sh– who’s on last. If Naito is pissed off at me, then go out and prove it. It makes me want to work harder. Worldwide, and I’m just telling the facts, Alpha-Omega is the main event.”

On his decision to work for NJPW after years of saying he would only wrestle for Vince and WWE:

Jericho never had plans to leave WWE, but felt this opportunity was right for himself, the business as a whole, and fans across the world.

“After 17 years of saying I would wrestle for no one other than Vince McMahon, I changed my mind,” said Jericho. “The match was huge from the moment it was announced.

“Will I work more for New Japan? Possibly. But for right now, the only match booked for Chris Jericho in all of 2018 is at the Tokyo Dome on Jan. 4, Alpha versus Omega. You don’t want to miss it.”