WWE 2012 Preview: The Year of Chris Jericho?

Micheal RobinsonSenior Analyst IIDecember 29, 2011

The kid from the WWE "The End Begins" promo.
The kid from the WWE "The End Begins" promo.

While many WWE fans have their minds fixated on the WrestleMania 28 main event between John Cena and WWE legend The Rock, a possible Chris Jericho return can't be overlooked.

It is under many fans' opinions that all of the "it begins" promos we have witnessed could be the return of WWE superstar Chris Jericho.

On the other hand, it could be The Undertaker.

I do believe it is one of these two superstars.  Arguments could be made from both sides of which star it is, but I do feel that it is Chris Jericho.

Let's look at a few things that are said in the promos: "A familiar force shall arrive to claim what it it his." "The second day of 2012 is coming and it will be the end of the world as you know it." "The power cometh is a thief in the night, to claim what others have taken, those who are unjust, destruction shall come upon them and they shall not escape." "Do you understand?"

Now, the talk of darkness and destruction leads me to believe its the Deadman.  But then I hear, "do you understand?"

The smug look and suit the kid is wearing is all I need to make me believe it is Jericho.

If Jericho does indeed return on the year of 2012, on the second day of January, it could be a huge year for him.

Wait a minute.  Year 2012, 2nd day, January.  Y2J.

Jericho is no short of being famous for big entrances.

In his debut on Aug. 9, 1999, he interrupted The Rock as a Y2J millennium clock ticked down to zero.

Up until The Rock's 2011 WWE return, Jericho's pop he got from the crowd that night was the loudest I have ever heard on an episode of Raw.

After taking over two years off from 2005-2007, Jericho returned once again on Nov. 19, 2007, this time in a series of "matrix" like codes which revealed, "Save Us Y2J."

Jericho's on-and-off WWE career spans over 12 years.

Jericho's biggest moment came at Vengeance in 2001, when he defeated The Rock for the WCW Championship and Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWE championship on the same night to become the first-ever Undisputed WWE Champion.

Jericho is also a nine-time Intercontinental Champion, as well as a four-time Tag Team Champion.

His nine Intercontinental Championship reigns are a WWE record for that title.

However, if Jericho is returning now for his final big run, I doubt he is going for that belt.

One of the things Jericho hasn't done in his WWE career is win the Royal Rumble.

On Jan. 29 in St. Louis, Mo., he could get another shot at it.

Jericho's Rumble history isn't anything to write home about.

In his six Royal Rumble appearances, Jericho has never made the final four left standing in the ring with a shot of winning the match.

At his Royal Rumble debut in 2000, he was quickly eliminated by none other than Chyna.

In the 2003 Royal Rumble, Jericho drew No. 2 and lasted for nearly 40 minutes.  He would be eliminated by the late Andrew "Test" Martin halfway through the match.

At the 2004 Royal Rumble, Jericho drew a great number in 25, but wouldn't last long before the giant Big Show eliminated him.

In his third consecutive year in the match, Jericho would last nearly 30 minutes before being eliminated by Batista at the 2005 Royal Rumble.

At the 2009 Royal Rumble, Jericho lasted again for nearly 40 minutes, but would be eliminated by The Undertaker.

In his best chance of winning the event at the 2010 Royal Rumble in Atlanta, the returning Edge would extract revenge on his former tag team partner and eliminate Jericho.  That year, Jericho entered the Royal Rumble in the No. 28 spot, but would be the 26th man to be eliminated. 

Winning the Royal Rumble or not, I foresee bigger and better things for Jericho in 2012 if he does indeed return.

A possible challenge to The Undertaker and his streak at WrestleMania 28 could be historic.

All we can do now is wait and see what happens on the Jan. 2, 2012 edition of WWE Raw. Regardless, 2012 could be a year that is forever remembered in the wrestling legacy of Chris Jericho.