Chris Jericho has been working on a variety of projects since his contract with WWE expired. While the former Champion still reportedly has a good relationship with Vince McMahon and his former company, his sights are set on exploring other options.
Jericho is the current IWGP Intercontinental Champion in NJPW and works a limited schedule for the rapidly expanding promotion. Meanwhile, there has been a lot of speculation on a potential run for Jericho in Impact Wrestling.
This speculation becomes more prominent when you consider Jericho has spoken to Leonard Asper, Don Callis, and Scott D’Amore and maintains a friendship with all three men. In fact, it has been noted that it was Jericho himself who managed to get D’Amore and Callis their current deals with Impact.
During the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, this conversation gained further traction, as it was revealed that many in the industry believe Jericho is destined to go to Impact Wrestling and it is only a matter of time for that to happen.
Jericho has used the idea that he doesn’t want to make McMahon mad as a staple for what he has been doing the past year. If the WON is to be believed, Jericho isn’t as focused on that anymore and will do purely what he thinks is best for him.
Based on what we know from Jericho’s time in NJPW, we can assume the Superstar does ask for a higher price for any contract or match with the company. This could extend to Impact- though there is the chance Jericho works at a reduced pay rate to help the company succeed.
Back in 2007, Jericho had also used Impact- formerly known as TNA- as a means to increase the amount WWE offered him for a contract. It is unknown if this is the same tactic, but his accolades have increased since that time.
With Jericho being so aware of the industry right now, there are a number of directions he could take with his character. He could remain with NJPW and work Impact or return to WWE.
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