Chris Jericho returned to Monday Night Raw this week after weeks of encrypted messages. The crowd was pumped to finally see the return of Y2J, who has not stepped into the squared circle since September 2010. Whether a heel or face, Jericho has always been able to get a strong reaction from the crowd due to his wit and charisma. His segments with Stephanie McMahon were some of the funniest segments of the Attitude Era.
During his wrestling career, Chris Jericho has won 30 championships, including the World Champion twice, the Undisputed Champion once, the World Heavyweight Champion three times, the WWE Tag Team Championship twice, the WWE World Tag Team Championship five times and the Intercontinental Championship a record breaking nine times. He is also the ninth Triple Crown champion and the fourth grand slam champion. It is safe to say that Jericho has accomplished a lot during his wrestling career, and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down, either.
Jericho’s return on the second of January edition of Raw may have solved the mystery of which wrestler was behind the videos, but his silence has left much to question. Is Jericho coming back to save the fans from the new generation of wrestlers? Is he fed up of CM Punk running the show? Or has he returned to a generation of wrestlers that he wants to join? Jericho has never been one to hide his opinion on other wrestlers, and Jericho’s highlight reel was always the highlight of Raw.
His return to WWE has been welcomed with open arms, and there is no doubt he will shake up things for Raw in 2012, because let’s face it, there is only one Y2J. In the height of his return, I have created a slideshow of 10 possible storylines for him.
CM Punk represents a new generation of wrestlers in the WWE. Y2J could help Punk maintain his place, or he could pretend to help Punk, but in fact be waiting for his right moment to target him. Punk is not the leader of this generation; Y2J is.
Zack also represents a new generation of wrestlers in WWE. His YouTube videos showed the fans what he had to offer, and his career has been going from strength to strength in recent months. Y2J could possibly see himself in Ryder and take him under his wing as a mentor. They could eventually break the mentor barrier and become a tag team.
The Peep Show vs. The Highlight Reel. Both wrestlers are determined to prove their show is ultimately the best. They could end up trashing each other’s shows and beating up their guest. This all leading to a lengthy rivalry.
Dolph may have started of in the Spirit Squad, but he has since proven that he is no laughing matter. Dolph is one of the best superstars WWE has at the moment, and a rivalry with Y2J could give him the push he needs.
The Rock and Y2J have always had a rocky relationship, and their rivalry was never really resolved. There seems to be no time like the present (or after WrestleMania 28) for their heated feud to start up again.
For some reason I could see AJ Lee and Y2J work really well together. I think she could be a good valet/manager to him. There is something old fashioned about playing the girlfriend and boyfriend storyline, but WWE does not play it as much as it used to, and I think it could work with these two.
Daniel Bryan vs.Y2J. There is nothing to fault by the idea of this rivalry. Bryan may represent the new generation of wrestlers in WWE, but no one takes Y2J’s place. No one disrespects him.
Who better to smack the smirk off of The Miz’s face than Y2J?
Cena’s character is for the kids. Y2J’s character has never been for the kids. He has always been about him and doing whatever he wants. Y2J may of lost his patience of watching Cena on TV every week and finally tell him how it is.
Kane is back, and with a vengeance! Could Y2J have returned to stop the monster?