There has been tons of speculation surrounding Chris Jericho’s return at this year’s Royal Rumble. Sadly, the longtime WWE Superstar has confirmed that he will not be at the event and even worse, he will not be at WrestleMania 31. Chris Jericho made this confirmation in an interview with the UK’s Digital Spy. When asked if he would make a surprise return at Royal Rumble, Chris Jericho elaborated:
“…I already made one of the greatest surprise returns of all time in the 2013 Royal Rumble, so why would I ever do that again? Once I do something, it’s done, so time to move on.”
“I don’t have time to be in the WWE right now, it’s not part of the schedule. [Fozzy] come back to the UK in March for the whole month, then we’re doing France, Switzerland, Germany and then we come back home and go out for the summer. I won’t be back in the WWE for a while because the schedule is already filling up and WWE isn’t a part of that.”
“My days of being a full-time wrestler are over. A much as people don’t want to hear that, or don’t like it, or don’t listen to me when I say it; just look at the schedule I have going on. I won’t be at the Royal Rumble and I won’t be at WrestleMania this year – I’m already booked.”
Even though Jericho won’t be appearing at the Royal Rumble, a big horse picked to win is Roman Reigns. Chris Jericho then weighed in on whether Roman Reigns will win and what he needs to do in the coming weeks leading into WrestleMania 31.
“I think Roman’s doing great, I think there’s a lot of guys doing great, but it all depends on the reaction of the fans and I think right now the next two or three weeks are crucial to see what kind of reaction these guys get and that will decide where they are going to be slotted in WrestleMania. They’re listening to what the crowd is reacting to, and then deciding from there.
“If Roman Reigns is getting a great crowd reaction, then there’s a great chance he’s going to get more and more of a push – that’s how things go. I think they probably have a tentative plan already for the top three or four matches at WrestleMania, now they just have to see if the pieces continue to fall into place.”
See if Roman Reigns will take it all at Royal Rumble this Sunday 8E/5P.