Chris Jericho: The Very Best of Y2J
Compiling a group of highlights for a particular wrestler is often very simple. You can put together some title matches, some promos and a few funny bits here and there.
Crafting a group of highlights for Chris Jericho, however, is extremely difficult. How do you pick and choose the greatest Y2J moments when there has been so many? Jericho's total skill set of in-ring ability, mic skills and charisma made for some unbelievable and devilishly entertaining moments.
So as we countdown to the new year and wait for a curious force to return on Jan. 2, here is the very best of Chris Jericho.
The Man of 1,004 Holds
While in WCW, Dean Malenko was also known as "The Man of 1,000 Holds."
In an attempt to one-up, or four-up, Malenko, Jericho claimed that he was "The Man of 1,004 Holds" on an episode of Monday Nitro.
Jericho read off a long list of wrestling holds, half of them being the armbar, after making quick work of Marty Jannetty.
Jericho Does D.C.
After losing the cruiserweight Battle Royal at Slamboree, Jericho claimed to be a victim of a carefully planned conspiracy. Jericho believed he was upended after Dean Malenko, who was disguised as Ciclope during the match, won the Battle Royal.
Upset by the result, Jericho paid the nation's capital a visit in an effort to legally retain his cruiserweight title.
Bill Goldberg has undoubtedly one of the most recognizable in-ring entrances in professional wrestling history. Jericho, however, didn't really care much for it.
While egging on the then World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg, Jericho mocked his habitual walk through the arena. Unfortunately for Y2J, the walk proved a bit tougher than initially perceived.
Although a match between the two never happened in WCW, Jericho and Goldberg would develop quite an interesting feud.
Wrestling debuts often prove to be some of the most exciting events in the industry. But no debut was perhaps as well thought out as Chris Jericho's into the WWE.
The mysterious Millennium Countdown Clock had fans extremely anxious as it aired every week leading up to Jericho's first WWE appearance. So when the clock hit 00:00:00, a new era began and it began with a bang.
The most impressive part of this segment was not the thunderous crowd reaction nor Jericho's incredible mic skills. But it was the fact that Vince had the faith in Jericho to make his debut in a microphone duel with the company's cash cow at the time, The Rock.
What do you get when you put Jericho, Kurt Angle, and Chris Benoit in a Triple Threat match?
Well, what do you think?
In their match for the Intercontinental and European Championships at WrestleMania 2000, these three wrestling legends gave us one of the most solid bouts in the glorious event's history.
Jericho Wins WWE Title, Sort of
Here, Jericho faces Triple H for the WWE Championship on an episode of Monday Night Raw. And to everybody's surprise, Y2J pulls out an epic upset over The Game to become the company's new champ with some help from Earl Hebner.
This decision, however, would be quickly overturned and Jericho would eventually relinquish the title back to Triple H.
Although he wasn't the official winner, this made for a great moment in the long history of Raw.
Royal Rumble 2001
Chris Jericho has never won the traditional Royal Rumble match. Y2J has accomplished just about everything there is to accomplish in the industry but the Rumble wasn't one of them.
But that doesn't mean he isn't one of the greatest Royal Rumble performers of all-time. Every time Jericho was booked in a match at the pay-per-view, he delivered.
Here, Jericho puts on grueling ladder match with his fellow Canadian, Chris Benoit.
A Spot of Pee, I Mean Tea
One lump, or two?
Unfortunately for Commissioner William Regal, Jericho did not give him that option while adjusting his cup of tea.
The Queen of the Planet of the Filthy, Dirty, Disgusting...
Jericho and Stephanie McMahon have a long history together. Whether they were mortal enemies or business partners, there was no denying on the on-screen chemistry between the two.
Out of all their encounters, this is probably the most entertaining.
(On a side note, the duo of Jericho and Stephanie is my personal prediction for the "It Begins" promos.)
Jericho + Rock + Microphone = Gold
The Stephanie McMahon onslaught would continue here. But this time, Jericho would have the help from none other than The Great One.
This segment goes to show that when two of the greatest mic workers in the business are together, you get nothing but gold.
The First-Ever WWE Undisputed Champion
Who in the wrestling industry gets to say that they beat both The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin on the very same night? Yes, you guessed it...Chris Jericho!
He also gets to say he's the only man to beat Rock and Austin en route to becoming the WWE's first-ever undisputed champion.
Even though he got some help from Vince and Booker, Jericho still accomplished one of the most improbable feats in the industry's history.
Royal Rumble 2002
As I said in an earlier slide, Jericho never disappointed when booked for the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
This match between him and The Rock for the undisputed title was certainly no exception.
WrestleMania XIX was filled with big time matches. You had Rock-Austin, Hogan-McMahon, and Lesnar-Angle all headlining the annual extravaganza.
But the match between Jericho and Shawn Michaels topped all three of those. Mr. WrestleMania and Y2J came to 'Mania and simply stole the show.
This match showed us that Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels are easily two of the best this business has ever seen.
Remember how I said professional wrestling debuts are pretty awesome. Well, returns are even better.
Jericho would return to the WWE in 2007 after taking some time off. Here, Jericho breaks the code and gives it to Randy Orton and his monotonous Randy Orton voice.
No Mercy 2008
Like I stated just two slides before, Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels are easily two of the greatest wrestlers of all-time. They both had the in-ring work, the mic skills, the charisma, and the overall ability to just entertain that may be matched by nobody.
But this ladder match at 2008's No Mercy proved that these two are the best, period. It was so great in fact, that words simply cannot describe it.
Luckily, I was able to obtain the entire match in the clip.
So sit back and enjoy the two best wrestlers in the history of the industry.
More to Come?
Are the cryptic vignettes for Chris Jericho?
Are these videos marking the return of Y2J?
If so, then we're in for yet another run of greatness. If so, there will certainly be more moments to add to this already impressive list of the very best of Chris Jericho.
Thank you for reading and have a Happy New Year!
(If I missed any of your favorite Chris Jericho moments, feel free to add a link or mention in the comment section below.)