Part-time WWE star Chris Jericho, who in 2018 will be facing Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12 and will be launching his first ever Rock ‘N Wrestling cruise in October, featuring ROH stars, recently spoke with Rolling Stone. Below are some interview highlights:
Do you have plans to pop up in ROH and promote the cruise during this next year?
“No, that’s up to Ring of Honor. When I signed Ring of Honor, I let them decide who’s in the tournament and what to do. I get emails every day from people saying, “Can I be in it?” I don’t know, ask Ring of Honor. It’s their responsibility. I’m not going to be hanging around Ring of Honor. My association with them is that they’re putting on an amazing tournament on my cruise and that’s kind of the extent of it.”
So you’re not locked in any sort of part-time contract with the WWE?
“Nope. My contract ended with them on April 30th, 2017.”
Did you pitch the idea for the Omega match?
“It was an idea that was pitched to me that I agree upon and we worked backwards from there. It was kind of a thing like, “What would you think about this? Ha-ha.” But I didn’t laugh. I actually thought it’d be pretty cool. So, once I kind of signed off on it, the guy, Don Callis (New Japan Pro Wrestling commentator), who pitched it to me took it to Kenny and then Kenny took it to New Japan and negotiations began. It wasn’t something that was easily put together. It took from June to sometime in September before we finalized the deal and were able to agree.”