Chris Jericho: His Legendary Return and Possible WrestleMania Opponent

Micheal Robinson@nyyrobinsonSenior Analyst IIJanuary 3, 2012

Well, it is over.

Not just 2011, but "The End Begins" promos.

Last night on Raw in the second hour, all of the lights shut off and as the crowd reluctantly chanted "Y2J," a jacket in the form of Jericho's pose lit up on stage.

The pyro went off and the music hit, Break the Walls Down! 

Chris Jericho made his third, and most likely last return to the squared circle.

The 41-year old future Hall of Famer looked fantastic.

Like most of you, I've watched Jericho wrestle over the past 15 years, heel or face, he can do it all.

I wrote an article about Jericho in October 2010, Chris Jericho: Why the Walls He Built Will Never Be Broken, explaining why he is one of the greats and will never be forgotten.

I also ranked Jericho just outside of my top 10 in my Top 100 WWE Wrestlers of All Time list at No. 11.

Jericho's return last night wasn't anything short of amazing, brilliant and pure genius.

While we don't have any answers, we are left with more questions, and that, my friends, is the way it should be.

I still think that the mysterious girl is simply a metaphor for CM Punk and Jericho is returning to claim his spot as the best in the world.

Having Jericho return and embrace the crowd without saying anything, while strange, will be remembered.

In a matter of 10 minutes, without saying a world, he trended in the top three worldwide. The cheers went to boos, as his smile seemed to turn into a smirk at the top of the ramp as he blinked his eyes.

Up until last night, we haven't seen Jericho in the WWE since Randy Orton, WWE Champion at the time, punted him in the skull on the Sept. 27, 2010 episode of Monday Night Raw.

In Jericho's last pay-per-view match at Night Of The Champions on Sept. 19, 2010 just a week prior to leaving, he failed to win the WWE Championship against Orton and four others in a Six-Pack Challenge.

CM Punk would rule 2011 in Jericho's absence.

Punk, aside from leading The New Nexus, would win the WWE Championship from John Cena at the Money in The Bank pay-per-view on July 17, 2011.

After chaos reigned over in the WWE while Triple H was in charge, Punk would only hold the title officially for a week.

At Summerslam, Punk would defeat John Cena to become the sole WWE Champion, but would lose to Alberto Del Rio that night, who cashed in his Money in The Bank briefcase.

Punk would win the title back at Survivor Series, and he still holds the belt heading into the new year.

To throw fuel on the fire, Punk claims he is the "best in the world," a phrase we have heard Jericho say from time to time.

A match at WrestleMania 28 in Miami between Punk and Jericho could be a show stealing match.

Honestly, even in The Rock's hometown, it would be dangerous to put Rock and Cena out there following this match, especially if it is for gold.

If Cena somehow manages to get the gold away from Punk before April, the Jericho and Punk match would still be epic if a title wasn't involved.  It doesn't matter to me either way.

At WrestleMania 19 in Seattle, you had matches like Hulk Hogan vs. Vince McMahon, The Rock vs. Steve Austin, and Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle for the WWE Championship.

While I love and respect the importance of Austin's last match, the HBK/Jericho match is still my favorite from that event.

Jericho and Punk could put on a great show this year if the match were to happen.

You could throw The Undertaker's name into the hat for a possible opponent for Jericho, but I foresee a rematch between Taker and Triple H as more possible.

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