Chris Jericho is one of the most decorated wrestlers of all time, having won thirty-five titles across WWE, WCW, ECW, AEW, NJPW and CMLL. He is a total seven-time world champion, having held the WWE Championship and AEW World Championship once, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice and the World Heavyweight Championship three times; is also a two-time United States Champion, seven-time World Tag Team Champion and nine-time Intercontinental Championship (reigns record), making him one of four wrestlers to have completed the WWE Grand Slam with both the old format (fourth) both with the new (seventh).
In February 1999 he formed the rock band Fozzy, of which he is lead singer and frontman. In the spring of 2011, he competed in the twelfth season of Dancing With the Stars alongside dancer Cheryl Burke, being eliminated in the sixth week.
In a recent edition of Busted Open Radio, Chris Jericho discussed his decision to leave WWE, how NPJW reignited his love of wrestling.
Chris Jericho on his decision to leave WWE
“I was just working house shows in 2015.
I did 60 live events and I wasn’t interested in being on TV. I decided to do a three-month contract in 2016 to do something at WrestleMania – it was supposed to be with [Dean] Ambrose and they changed it to AJ Styles.
Then I hooked up with Kevin Owens, and I was like ‘Man, this is really fun.’ It kind of reinvigorated my love and creativity. And then midway through 2017, we had the best story on RAW by far – I’m not being a jerk about that, you can go back and watch how entertaining that story was – and all that garnered us was second match on the card at WrestleMania.
Second match – that’s a jobber match. First or last – those or the two, and maybe semi-main event. We were on second after having the best story of the year. I said ‘I’m done, I’m not doing this again.’ I split to do Fozzy when Judas took off and I wasn’t interested in going back to wrestling until Don [Callis] put the idea of what do you think about working with Kenny Omega? When I went to New Japan, it was like this whole new world of creativity opened up where I was like ‘This is what wrestling is supposed to be.’ There are no scripts…….it was real.
That was where it all started coming back to me again doing those New Japan shows which led into AEW" - Chris Jericho said.