The above photo, as of 10pm EDT, Thursday, August 25, 2005, appears on ChrisJericho.com. Considering Chris Jericho was “fired” from RAW in the storylines on Monday night, and has long been rumored to be taking a break from wrestling, this is very interesting…
…and making things even MORE interesting is the following news, from Mike Johnson at PWInsider.com:
– Chris Jerichos’s Web site earlier today had a press release dated August 22, but not actively linked from the Web site that stated he has left World Wrestling Entertainment for other endeavors. The link given by PWInsider.com is to http://www.chrisjericho.com/press_release.htm, which as of this posting is a dead link.
In the statement, Jericho says, among other things, that he was no longer challenged by wrestling, so he will be focusing on Fozzy, his XM radio show, auditioning for acting roles, appearing in a Sci-Fi Channel film and on VH-1’s “Best Week Ever.” Some notable quotes:
“I eventually had my first match on Oct 2, 1990 in Ponoka, Alberta … and on August 22, 2005 in Hampton, Virginia, I had my last match. For now. Yes it’s true. After months of speculation and rumors and numerous decoys and red herrings being thrown about, the official news from the boss man (me) is that I am leaving the WWE.”
“Whether I do achieve success outside of wrestling or I don’t, I can say one thing for sure … I’m not retiring from the wrestling business. Too many people over too many years have said that and have constantly returned. I’m not leaving the WWE for good, I’m not leaving wrestling for good. When I’m ready to come back I will. It may be one month, it may be one year, but when the time is right, I’ll know and I will return and be better than ever…I wouldn’t think of returning any other way.”
“You won’t see me doing any conventions or indie shots in the meantime. If I’m going to be in the wrestling biz, it will be with the WWE. I’m a member of the WWE family for the rest of my life … just like the mafia…and I have absolutely nothing bad to say about my company. So you won’t see me doing any shoot interviews either. Why would I? Vince and I have accomplished a lot of awesome things together and I have nothing but respect for him.”
As of now, there is nothing on TNAWrestling.com about this story.
Credit: PWInsider.com, ChrisJericho.com