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AEW star Chris Jericho says he doesn’t need have retirement tour or ‘final match’, guesses AEW may come to the UK in the summer of 2022

Chris Jericho might be 50, but the wrestling legend is still a driving force behind AEW’s surge and he shows no signs of slowing down.

After spending nearly 20 years with WWE, Jericho departed for AEW via a pitstop in NJPW and he was the company’s first world champion.

Chris Jericho was the first champion AEW had


Chris Jericho was the first champion AEW had

Jericho helped establish the brand and continues to sprinkle his stardust on everyone he works with from Orange Cassidy to MJF, Jericho’s creativity can be felt all over the product.

Still, after over 30 years in the game and in the winter of his career in his own mind, has retirement crossed his mind?

Stone Cold Steve Austin’s last match was against The Rock. Ric Flair’s last match was against Shawn Michaels. The Undertaker’s last match was against AJ Styles and, at the other end of the scale in many ways, Kurt Angle’s was against Baron Corbin.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Jericho said it doesn’t matter who he faces in his final outing.

Jericho says he’s still having too much fun to retire

Jericho says he’s still having too much fun to retire

“No, it doesn’t matter,” Jericho said of his final opponent. “Because if you look at my career, it’s always been about going out there and making great stuff out of what I’ve been given. 

“It’s easy to have a final match against Shawn Michaels or The Undertaker. It’s easy to have a great final match with these great, great workers and to me, I won’t even know when it’s my final match. 

“It’ll probably be someone like Marko Stunt. We’ll go out there, have a great match, tear the house down and I’ll go ‘you know what? That’s pretty much it.’

“I don’t have any real thoughts about it. Obviously at 50 years old I’m aware that the time is short, but who’s to say how short it is? I still have ideas for stories. I still feel like my stuff is some of the best stuff on the show. The rating that I draw are still high so I know I’m not wearing out my welcome, so to speak. 

Chris Jericho has had fun helping elevate younger talents


Chris Jericho has had fun helping elevate younger talents

“So to me, when I start feeling like I’m not Chris Jericho, when I’m demeaning my legacy, then I’ll stop. But I’m not at that point right now. 

“I’m actually having a lot of fun and I’m super motivated and inspired by what we’re doing with AEW and the last thing I’d want to do is take myself out of the game when we continue to grow at such a huge level.

“I want to be there when we go to England. I want to be there when we go to Canada. I want to be there when we get our first two million rating, watching the show. I still feel I’m a very integral part of the show and have been since day one. 

“I’m really enjoying it, I’m digging it, I love AEW and I have no plans of going anywhere else or doing anything else in the wrestling business other than being right here.

Chris Jericho and his current stable, the inner cirlce


Chris Jericho and his current stable, the inner cirlce

“I’d like to go to Japan a couple more times if it’s an AEW styled show. I’d love to work with [Minoru] Suzuki over there, I’d love to work with Will Ospreay. I’d love to do a tag team with Kenny Omega in Japan. I think Omega and Jericho versus [Hiroshi] Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada is a Tokyo Dome sell out. I have all of that in my back pocket. 

“I’m just working hard on staying in shape and having great ideas and just contributing at the highest possible level. 

“When I feel I can’t do that, then I will retire. But it won’t be this big retirement tour or a final match and if it is, it will be because the storyline dictates that. But I don’t need that for my ego, I’m happy just to disappear if I need to disappear,” Jericho said.

Speaking of coming to England, AEW was meant to have their debut UK tour in the summer of 2020 as talkSPORT exclusively reported the company had planned to hold Fyter Fest here.

Jericho has seen and done it all

Jericho has seen and done it all

Of course, the Coronavirus pandemic prevented that from happening but if Jericho were to guess when they will come over – and he stresses it’s a guess – he thinks it would be for Fyter Fest next summer.

“It’s kind of out of my pay grade,” Jericho said on when AEW will come to the UK.

“I do know that we just saw a WWE tour in England. I know that Fozzy is coming to England in December and I know that we’re almost 100 percent sold out the whole tour, like 14 gigs or whatever. So that’s a good barometer that people are waiting to see us again.

“Obviously with the connection of Tony and Fulham and his relationship in the UK, we have a place to go in Craven Cottage for a stadium show. I think it’s just a matter of time.

7. Craven Cottage (Fulham)

The Khan family own Fulham’s Craven Cottage

“I’d say probably, if I had to guess, probably in the summer when all questions are gone. I think once the Khans start going to England to attend some of those games, that’s a good indication because I don’t think they’ve been to the UK since.

“I’ll know more when we go over there in December just exactly what the climate is, but it seems now, even for the Jericho Cruise which is on October 21, there’s a lot of international travel issues. But they’re gone November 1.

“So it all seems to be opening up and I would say when it does, probably summer time, probably Fyter Fest, next year in 2022. Don’t make this a clickbait! But if I had to guess, I would say Fyter Fest ‘22 would be in the UK.”

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