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Chris Jericho Says TNA Will Never Beat WWE, Comments On Possible Return


Chris Jericho says in an interview with Wrestledope Radio that he has several Hollywood projects lined up for early next year and would only return to WWE if there was an individual he was interested in working with.

He explains, “For me to go back to WWE, I would have to have someone that interests me personally. You could say any nameā€”it could be CM Punk, it could be The Rock, it could be Funaki. But, to me, it’s like I’d have to feel it. Right now, I’m happy doing the stuff I’m doing.

“When I’m finished with this tour, we’re doing a new record and I have a bunch of stuff going out in Hollywood that’s kinda coming to fruition. I had to leave that block of time open, January, February, March, April, May.”

Jericho, however, is open to returning “someday” and says he likes CM Punk’s work. He says, “Punk is great and he’s doing a great job, but as of right now, as much as people don’t want to hear it, I don’t have any plans as of right now to go back to WWE. I never said I wouldn’t go back; now is just not the right time for me.”

Jericho was also asked whether another promotion could ever be a legitimate competitor to WWE by rising to their level. He doesn’t think so.

“I don’t think it’ll ever happen because WWE is such a machine at this point. Vince could leave this earth tomorrow and it would still continue on. I think it’d be, not impossible, but you’d have to have a lot of money behind you and it’s not like it was ten years ago when there were guys working in Japan or over here or in ECW or whatever that you could bring it. Pretty much everyone that’s any good that’s worthy of drawing money works for Vince now,” Jericho says.

“So, if you were going to go and open up another company, you almost have to have so much money that guys can’t turn you down, kinda like it was with WCW back in ’96 or so. But, it’s not going to happen. I really don’t think. I think Vince is the monopoly for the business and there will always be second-rate or third-rate, but let’s face it, everyone wants to work for Vince McMahon, I don’t care who you are. Hulk Hogan wants to work for Vince McMahon. Dixie Carter would probably work for Vince if he offered her a job. TNA could be a good second, but they’ll never be first. And anyone who actually says it with a straight face is probably just saying it as bravado.”

Jericho also discusses connecting with the audience, being a front man compared to competing in the ring, his favourite music growing up, online wrestling news sites, wrestlers stealing movie, wrestlers of large stature and more.

  • venom


    Yea, and TNA was bashing WWE for a while and challenged them to a monday night war. Look how that ended.

  • blackjohn

    god he looks baked.

  • break the walls down

    beak the walls down

  • lol

    raw live shows get more people than tna ppvs hahah

  • J. Mirra

    The biggest reason I dont watch tna (& im a huge fan of some of the wrestlers there) is because every time they’ve got my attention someone (ex wwe stars) stands in the middle of ring and is talk about wwe and why tna is better. Its old already.

  • adam

    Thank you chris for finally saying it. I mean i know we all have been thinking this but hopefully all the tna fans will read this and take it seriously. But i know most of them will be like oh he doesnt know what he is talking about tna is better right now. There number one.

  • poko

    Jericho is absolutely right, which is why I don’t get the TNA hate from WWE fanboys. There is nothing to be threatened about. It would take major, major dollars, and probably serious networking connections, to launch a legitimate challenge to the WWE. The only way I could ever see it happening again is if an organization like TNA was bought out by a Viacom or a Disney. That’s sad, in a lot of ways. Unlike some, I actually enjoy competition.

  • PinkSinCara

    Some WWE tech nerd is producing cryptic return videos right now…

  • Sean Mooney

    I am both expecting and looking forward to a Jericho/Punk feud. No doubt in my mind that Jericho will be back in 2012, the sooner the better.

    Also, I know there’s an NBA lockout, but why is Steve Nash interviewing Jericho? Maybe it’s a Canadian thing…

  • Prince

    We’ll see you in January Chris to start your feud with Punk.