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WWE News:  Chris Jericho will not be at the Royal Rumble due to Fozzy's European tour

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What's the story?

Many people are looking for the return of Chris Jericho, but a surprise return at the Royal Rumble will not happen. The reason is simple: Jericho and his band, Fozzy, will be overseas at the end of January.

In case you didn't know...

Chris Jericho formed Fozzy in 1999 and, to date, they have a total of seven studio albums. Arguably their biggest mainstream success comes from the current album Judas as the title track continues to climb the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart where the song is at its peak of 5th, as of this writing, in the song's 22nd week on the chart.

The heart of the matter

The 2018 Royal Rumble takes place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 29th. The night before the Royal Rumble, Fozzy has a show in France, so unless Jericho is going to rack up a lot of frequent flyer miles and suffer from a lot of jet lag, he's not a participant in the match.

On January 28th, Fozzy, along with Steel Panther, will perform at Olympia in Paris, France and two days later they are at the Mehr Theater in Hamburg, Germany.

Though Jericho won't appear the Rumble, there is a chance he could make a return for the special 25th-anniversary show of Monday Night Raw on January 22nd from Brooklyn, New York. Fozzy is on a break from December 2nd until that show in France on January 28th.

What's next?

Fozzy is currently on tour in Europe now as well. They have a show in Hamburg, Germany, at the Grunespan on November 17th and a show in Belgium on the 18th before returning to the states.

Author's take

While it would be great to see Jericho compete in the Rumble, Fozzy is on a roll as well so we just have to be patient for the return of Jericho. Hopefully, when Fozzy's tour in Europe ends in the middle of February, we'll get Jericho back for a lengthy run starting with a feud for WrestleMania.

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