Current IWGP Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho recently put up a spectacular victorious performance at NJPW’s Dominion show and made the pro-wrestling business aware of what he is capable of as he transformed himself into a totally different character.
However, Jericho is only showing up for NJPW shows in Japan. He didn’t appear at the Strong Style Evolved show and isn’t booked for the Cow Palace event on July 7, 2018 where he could be defending his recently won IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
“I got asked to do [Strong Style Evolved in] Long Beach, I said ‘no.’ I got asked to do Cow Palace, I said ‘no.’ I got asked to do All In, I said ‘no.’ I don’t want to do that,” Y2J told Inside The Ropes. “You should see how many indie promoters have contacted me over the last six months. … You guys have to understand, this is not just me…it’s a calculated, big money proposition. Big money for me, big money for the company doing it. I’m not going to work anywhere else, unless you want to pay six f-cking figures, I’m not bragging, but this is where we’re at. This is McGregor-Mayweather type s— for me. I’m not saying I’m making $55 million like those guys, but what I’m doing it’s the most I’ve made for the least amount of matches in my entire career. So, it’s very calculated, everything I do has to be very smart.”
It’s not a matter of just going out and doing indies – and like I said – I always felt like the unwritten rule is I don’t want to go into the states,” Jericho explained. “I felt like that would be a real slap in the face of Vince. Ya know if something ever went down with us, I probably would do a show in the states and we could probably fill the Cow Palace. Jericho and Kenny [Omega] rematch, or whatever it may be. All In, I’d love to be a part of that, but ‘A’ it’s in Chicago and ‘B’…at the risk sounding like an assh-le, but I can’t lower my value by working one of these shows. It’s about picking my spots with the right guys at the right places for the overall contract I’m signing.”