Chris Jericho is one of the world’s most well-travelled professional wrestlers. He’s worked for almost every major promotion there is. The former AEW Champion is also 51 years old.
Naturally, one wonders how much more Le Champion‘s got in the tank. While he’s still putting on entertaining matches and promos, nobody can outlast time. Jericho recently discussed how he’ll time his inevitable retirement with Newsweek.
“I don’t think when you’re 19, you really think about [retirement]. I never really said OK, ‘I’m going to do it this long,’ and I still don’t. I don’t know how long I’m going to do the sport because I don’t think that way. When people ask ‘how long are you going to do this,’ I say ‘I don’t know. When I feel like I don’t want to do it anymore.’ I don’t feel that way right now.”
Jericho discussed the longevity of his career thus far. He said the key to sticking around is always re-inventing himself. He wants to always stay relevant for as long as he’s wrestling.
“I think one of the reasons why I’ve had such a long career, wrestling-wise, is the diversity and constant evolving and re-inventing that I do. I can vividly remember, in about the year 2000, really thinking about how do I constantly stay relevant in what I’m doing? There’s a way to do that but you have to take chances and you have to be confident in your ability as a character and as a performer.”
Chris Jericho is currently on tour with his band Fozzy in the UK. The band plays at The Mill in Birmingham, England tonight (December 7, 2021). The tour wraps up December 12 at London’s Islington Academy.
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