In 2007, those of us who frequently watch the WWE programming, were dumbfounded by a message of a wrestlers return. The lines "save.us_222", and "2nd coming" were among many of the lines in the code we were supposed to unravel.
Almost two months after the binary code messages started to appear, on the Nov. 19, 2007 edition of Raw we were treated to Chris Jericho's "2nd coming" in the WWE. Upon his return, he made promises to save us, and a little over a year later, he has delivered.
The first reason I have when explaining my point, is his natural wrestling ability. Most wrestling fans over the age of fifteen could tell you ability doesn't mean everything, but his does more than it's fair share. Chris Jericho put on the match of the year in my opinion, with an aging and lacking Shawn Michaels.
At WWE's annual No Mercy pay-per-view, Chris Jericho defended his then World Heavyweight Title against Shawn Michaels in a ladder match. If you haven't seen it, you need to. The match went back and forth, like you would expect any title match to.
This match told such a beautiful story; a story about Shawn Michaels being past his prime, and still trying to measure up to the guys in their prime. In the end, Shawn Michaels came just short.
He is the first heel I've seen since Bret Hart to get legitimate heat based on nothing more than normal actions. Most heels play against the crowd; something Chris Jericho proved he didn't have to do to become the most hated wrestler in the WWE.
Chris Jericho made a title match with John Cena, and one with Batista look good. That alone proves how talented this man is.