Chris Jericho recently discussed the idea of competing for IMPACT Wrestling or Ring of Honor on the Wrestling Perspective Podcast. The free agent and current IWGP Intercontinental Champion said he is open to any wrestling promotion that would fulfill him creatively:
“When someone says ‘would you ever go to Impact? Would you ever go to Ring Of Honor? Would you ever go here there or wherever?’ Yeah sure, why not? If its creatively satisfying, if it’s something that I can really sink my teeth into, something that I can really enjoy, then why wouldn’t I give it a try?”
He even spoke about his loyalty to the WWE, and how it is not the only option when it comes to wrestling promotions:
“At this point, I’ve done everything I could ever do in wrestling. I have a loyalty to WWE but not a death wish with them or anything like that where by hook or by crook I have to be with the WWE. I think part of the fun of what’s going on right now in the business is there’s a real resurgence with independent wrestling and independent companies and it really gives the WWE a real kick in the ass when people go other places.”
“You have guys like Kenny and the Young Bucks and Cody; people that are walking away and choosing not to sign with WWE which was never an option five or ten years ago. It was all about working with the WWE and signing with the WWE. Now its like, ‘You know what? The WWE is there but once you have the chance to go somewhere else and do some work elsewhere, that kind of takes your career and your life in a different direction.'”
Jericho has recently been competing for New Japan Pro Wrestling, showing his willingness to wrestle for promotions other than WWE. Since he is so seasoned within the promotion, anywhere he goes he brings an audience, which could be a massive help to the independent circuit in general.
“So I haven’t spoken to anybody at TNA and I’m not saying I would ever go there; but I’m not saying I wouldn’t and I’m not saying I wouldn’t go to WWE or I wouldn’t go to New Japan or go wherever. To me, it’s all about helping to change the business in a lot of ways and if there’s a way to do it by being a little bit of a ‘revolutionary’ then why not? Let’s go for it, man.
This is show business, it’s entertainment, it’s the Wild West. There’s no rules and nobody says that you have to work in the WWE or you don’t have to work there. Independent wrestling at this point in time is bigger than it’s ever been. And that’s a good place for me to be in, for James Ellsworth to be in or Kenny Omega, everybody else that’s kind of ‘independent guy.’
Now’s the time to be independent because you really can go make a real good living and make a difference outside of the WWE bubble which hasn’t been something that you could do for years since the highlight of WCW back in ’98-’99. So it’s an exciting time for everybody involved.”