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WWE News: Chris Jericho reveals why he isn't working with the NXT roster on his Cruise of Jericho event

Y2J reveals why he chose ROH over NXT for his mega event in 2018.

News 15 Nov 2017, 19:01 IST

Chris Jericho will host the Cruise of Jericho event in 2018
Chris Jericho will host the Cruise of Jericho event in 2018

What’s the story?

Former six-time WWE World Champion Chris Jericho was recently a guest on Lance Storm and Cyrus’ Killing the Town podcast.

During his podcast interview, Jericho discussed a host of topics including his upcoming Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager that is the Cruise of Jericho, which takes place in 2018. The “Ayatollah Rock n’ Rolla” also revealed during the interview, on why WWE isn’t willing to work alongside Jericho for his mega cruise ship event.

In case you didn’t know…

Former nine-time WWE Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho is all set to host the inaugural Cruise of Jericho event, which will be the first ever Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager taking place on a cruise ship.

The cruise ship will start its sail on 27th October, 2018 from Miami, Florida and will be a five-day cruise, with the last stop being in the Bahamas.

The event will also feature many special guests in the form of WWE Hall of Famers and former World Champions, such as Diamond Dallas Page, Mick Foley, Rey Mysterio and more. Other than that, the Cruise of Jericho will also feature a tournament called the Sea of Honor, which will be hosted by American wrestling promotion Ring of Honor.

Bullet Club members Matt and Nick Jackson (The Young Bucks), current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Marty Scurll, and current Ring of Honor World Champion Cody Rhodes will also be a part of this mega event next year.

The heart of the matter

Chris Jericho recently stated on Lance Storm and Cyrus’ podcast that he was initially in talks with WWE and wanted to use the company’s NXT talents for his Cruise of Jericho event.

The former WWE Intercontinental Champion said that he first talked to NXT producer and WWE COO Triple H regarding the situation. However, Jericho got a reply from the company after three months, only to find out that the WWE is not interested in the offer as they didn’t want to lend out their NXT roster for the Jericho’s mega event.

Y2J stated that the initial reason why WWE rejected the offer is that because Vince McMahon didn’t want his NXT superstars on the cruise ship due to him not being a fan of cruises and feared that the NXT roster might suffer from food poisoning and other factors.

Jericho also added that he would stick to his plans of hosting the event, despite WWE rejecting to co-operate with him, however, the former WWE US Champion would then give a call to ROH who agreed to work on the cruise ship of Jericho.

What’s next?

As for Jericho himself, his next goal and focus will be towards current IWGP United States Champion Kenny Omega, as he prepares to do battle with his fellow Winnipeg native at Wrestle Kingdom 12 at the Tokyo Dome, in 2018.

Author’s Take

I think Vince McMahon was just doing his own job and being the boss of a promotion like WWE, he surely cannot afford to risk sending out his NXT talents on a cruise ship event.

However, Chris Jericho did what he thought was right and I think him letting WWE know about the event beforehand was a class act on Y2J’s behalf.

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