The longtime WWE Superstar revealed on the latest episode of his "Talk Is Jericho" podcast that he was already in Richmond, Virginia, the site of the blue brand episode that particular week, to film an episode of Southpaw Regional Wrestling, and to interview WWE Superstars Tyler Breeze and Fandango for a future episode of his podcast.
According to Jericho, because he was in the area, he was talked into making the aforementioned surprise WWE return at the 7/25 episode of SmackDown Live by the company.
"That's actually why I'm here today, to film that show Southpaw and talk to you guys," said Jericho. "And now I got roped into having a match."
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