Chirs Jericho is both a busy man and one who keeps his fans guessing. Since leaving WWE in 2017, he’s created another new gimmick, worked high profile matches in New Japan Pro Wrestling, spearheaded a successful cruise (or Rock N’ Wrestling Rager At Sea, if you will) that’s getting a sequel in January 2020, and signed with new company All Elite Wrestling – and that doesn’t even include his work with his band, Fozzy, and his podcast, Talk Is Jericho. On June 9 at Dominion, he’ll challenge for Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, on August 31 at All Out he’ll take on Hangman Page in a match to crown the inaugural AEW World Champion, and it doesn’t seem like he’ll slow down from there.
With Spandex spoke to Jericho about his upcoming projects, the evolution of his wrestling persona, and more. That conversation is below and has been edited for length and clarity.
With Spandex: You’re promoting the [second] Jericho Cruise. I’m wondering how quickly after the first Jericho Cruise did you realize you were going to do another one?
Chris Jericho: I think during the first one is when I was kind of hoping we could do another one. My overall goal from the start was always to create a franchise, a destination vacation that would… that people would want to go to every single year. That was kind of always the goal, and then once the first one was so successful… The word of mouth traveled around and the response from people who were there made me realize we really had something cool going on, I think once we docked, or after the cruise, it was only a matter of time… and here we are.
Pretty much all the entertainment for this one has been announced except for the wrestling. Can you tell us anything about it besides that it will be presented by AEW?
Well, I mean, like I said, I think the template was kind of established with the first Jericho Cruise. And before that, what I wanted it to be was an extension of all things that I enjoy and that I’m into. not just wrestling, but music and live podcasting and comedians and the paranormal element and that sort of a thing, and it really worked. I think part of why the cruise was so successful…