Chris Jericho is now 50 years old. But he is still on our TVs regularly, and has also recently got himself in to much better shape compared to a few months ago. In other words, he’s still not slowing down!
Jericho recently sat down with Fite In Focus and made it pretty clear that he isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
“Probably about 2016, I thought, ‘Maybe it’s time to start winding down.’ It wasn’t as fun. Then I went to Japan, Jericho vs. Omega, ‘Holy shit, this is amazing. Wrestling is fun again.’ That re-ignited my passion and fire for wrestling. Over the last year and a half, you read the room, what are people saying, what are they thinking, what am I thinking? I realized you cannot teach experience and you cannot teach fan manipulation. Nobody does that better than me. That inspired me, creatively, and makes me more passionate and makes me realize that I’m not going anywhere. There is no reason to.”
Jericho also says that he believes he is still one of the best in the world at what he does. He also mentions how when he does finally call it a day, there wont be any retirement tour.
“I’m still one of the best in the business at what I do; telling stories and crowd manipulation. I can still have a great match any night of the week, I can have the best match on the show. Not every night, but some nights. I can always have the best story, the best character, the best ‘puppet mastering’ of the audience than anybody in our company and maybe the business. That, to me, tells me I’m not anywhere close to being done yet. When I’m done, there’s not going to be a retirement tour, there’s not going to be big pomp and circumstance. I’ll be done. I’ll go somewhere else and do what I want to do. Right now, I’m in the best shape of my life, we have a really good story going on with Eddie Kingston that has a lot of layers to come. To me, that’s enough to sit back and enjoy myself. When I’m enjoying myself, there’s no reason to change anything.”
Chris Jericho is set to face fan-favourite Eddie Kingston this Sunday at AEW Revolution.
H/T to Fightful’s Jeremy Lambert for the transcription.