WWE News: Early Wrestlemania Plans for the Returning Superstar Chris Jericho

JB 2.0Contributor IIIJanuary 5, 2012

Obviously the biggest story of the week is Chris Jericho's return. Sure, Brock Lesnar's retirement from MMA and potential jump to WWE is weighing heavily on fans' minds. But Jericho being back in WWE is a huge deal for people.

Everyone was wondering why WWE didn't fly Jericho out on the company's private jet and drive him to the arena—hiding him until the time he was supposed to come out. Fans pretty much knew ahead of time that it was going to be Chris Jericho. No matter how much he denied it, everything pointed in that direction.

And WWE not caring to hide it better is a shame. Really a shame. You fly him commercial and just let him walk around the arena when he gets there? It's as if WWE thinks fans are stupid.

In today's media, everyone is a journalist, everyone is a photographer. So, you're obviously not going to get away with that. Apparently, Vince McMahon thinks this is still 1985. Jericho's return, while expected, was given away—not by the fans or the media, but by WWE itself.

However, I can see somewhat why WWE did this. Really, it had to do with ratings. WWE RAW had gone down in ratings the last few weeks and they knew, due to the major bowl games on Monday, they would lose a ton of ratings in the long run. But because Jericho was seen and news hit the 'net faster than a teen star nude pic, fans were going to watch just to see Jericho. Instead of a ratings drop due to the big college bowl games, there was actually a ratings rise.

So, Jericho helped ratings due to his return being spoiled. In the long run, I guess it worked out for WWE. But the fans weren't surprised. They like to be surprised a lot of the time in this day and age. Now, what we saw upon Jericho's return was a bit weird.

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t ewrestlingnews.com), WWE's social media department had the idea for the video packages. As soon as the vignettes starting airing, it was said that they were too smart for their own good. During Jericho's return, all he did was smile and he never spoke on the mic. He dropped the mic and left—still smiling.

There was a thought that Jericho could be using the gimmick that he had in his book. He said that he would love to play a character who's like a prophet who comes back to warn people of the end times and make them repent. Due to the 2012 prophecy—which claims the world will end in December of this year—Jericho doing this gimmick right now is absolutely perfect.

If you look at the video promos, obviously that gimmick seems to be what Jericho is going toward. And having him act like he did on RAW only makes people to want to watch RAW next week. Because you want to see what he'll do.

So, before people jump to conclusions and hate on Jericho's character or potential direction, I see it getting even better next week and for the weeks to come.

The rumor from PWInsider (Wrestling Inc.) is that Jericho is slated to take on Punk at WrestleMania.

What would the story be? I mean, we know the match will be good, but we also need the entertainment side of it all. We all know Jericho used to say he is the best in the world at what he does. Punk claims he's the best wrestler in the world.

There are two sides here. One claims he is the best in the world at what he does, meaning Sports Entertainment. One claims he's the best wrestler, as in best pro wrestler. Then we have someone who is the fun, life-loving, say-what's-on-his-mind, guy. He wants to change things. 

Meanwhile, we have one guy coming in who just simply wants things to be the same—but also have people understand the end is coming. Jericho wants to take back what is his, but also warn the world. Meanwhile Punk wants to prove he's better. So, it's a bit tough to know where WWE will go with it.

But, I feel if they do go with Punk, that would be a good way. In any case, Jericho being back is a good thing. But his character is what is intriguing. Next week at this time, I think most people will be claiming that Jericho's character is one of the most interesting one's they've seen in a long time. But what do you think? What will WWE do with Jericho? Also, who is "she?"