A fan recently asked Chris Jericho if he was done with New Japan Pro Wrestling and Jericho said flatly that he was:
— Fabian Hagen (@eazylookward) March 5, 2018
Unfortunately yes. https://t.co/m7EdG57BzU
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) March 5, 2018
Whether that is true or just a misdirection remains to be seen.
Jimmy Jacobs recently spoke with The Mirror. During the interview, he talked about trying something new, realizing the advantages of being an indie wrestler after WWE fired him and why IMPACT has better storylines.
On trying something new:
“I wanted to do something new, I had a conversation with Scott D’Amore and Sonjay Dutt on the phone about different things at Impact and it just seemed like a nice fit,” said Jacobs. “So my first time in Ottawa [at Bound for Glory] was a test run to see how the fit was. We are in a rebuilding phase and they needed somebody who could wear a lot of hats and do a lot of different things and I had experience in all those things. It was a nice week in Ottawa and solidified that Impact was the direction that I wanted to go. I also felt valued and that might seem like a small thing, but it was a big deal. I felt valued and not just by the boys and locker room.”
On realizing the advantages of being an indie wrestler:
“When I got fired from the WWE, I was in the WWE bubble. So when I got fired people kept telling me that the independents was booming, but I didn’t know about it,” Jacobs explained. “Sami Callihan called me up straight away and introduced me to promoters and stuff and it’s brilliant. There is more awesome wrestling going on now than ever before. So much great talent and it’s great to still wrestle on independents and work at Impact as well and there are some guys I get to work with that I would love to bring to Impact. I’m making more money than I ever have before in my life so I am not mad at it.”
On IMPACT having better storylines:
“One of [the] advantages we have here is that we are taping a lot of weeks of TV in a row. What’s cool about that is that we can tell a story long term and in WWE there is not a lot of that. Whilst it’s similar in some ways, it’s nice that we can tell long-term stories. And we have more freedom to try new things and experiment. It’s a time to try something that may fail. Lot of times in WWE you tread water to get to the next week. I feel like at Impact we can do a little more. But it’s still crazy busy. The last tapings we did in January was like nothing I have done in my life.”