WWE Monday Night Raw Results: Why Has Chris Jericho Returned to the WWE?

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 5:  (L-R) Former professional wrestler Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat gets kicked by WWE Superstar Chris Jericho during WrestleMania 25 at Reliant Stadium on April 5, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bill Olive/Getty Images)
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Dale De SouzaAnalyst IJanuary 3, 2012

The first Monday Night Raw of 2012 saw a close of the "It Begins" promos and after the final video aired, things got a little bit crazy...and maybe a bit weird.

First the screen shook a little bit as the crowd was shown cheering and waving as they normally do, and then the arena went into darkness, which certainly had some people wondering if the promos were for the man we all thought was going to return on this night.

Was Brodus Clay getting a new entrance?

Was Goldberg emerging through the darkness?

With how long the anxious crowd waited for someone to emerge from the darkness, surely it could not have been Chris Jericho, as we all had expected, right?

Well, not really.

It was Jericho, as we expected, and his jacket was studded with lights, which made the figure obvious before the pyro had even gone off.

The crowd erupted and everyone worldwide pretty much marked out, as Jericho's energy was felt by the capacity crowd in attendance. But Jericho took the microphone as if to cut a promo on at least two different occasions and did not say a word, instead cheering and getting the crowd to cheer as much as they could as long as he was out there.

Jericho would say no words, and he left with a good view of the audience as well as a few fingerprints on one of the cameras filming the event. But we're still left with many questions.

The most nagging question is, after all the promos and speculation, why did Chris Jericho come back?

Did he want to show up in order to make an appearance because Fozzy is performing there sometime soon?

Did he just forget his promo and resort to going two rounds co-mingling with the crowd?

Were we exposed to Jericho's old persona as the hilarious "Ayatollah of Rock N' Rolla" just so we can fall into the swerve of the old, stoic "Best in the World" delivery next week?

I'm usually one to roast the WWE and even TNA whenever stuff like this goes down, but for once I'm actually excited for next week's RAW simply because of this.

There is definitely more to this than just the empty return we saw tonight, and perhaps if Jericho is sticking around for much longer, we will learn more of why the former WCW and WWE Champion indeed has had us believing that tonight was the night in which "it" begins, regardless of whatever "it" will be.

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