WWE Extreme Rules Preview: Chris Jericho Desperately Needs a Win on Sunday

Rob Manisero@robmaniCorrespondent IApril 25, 2012

So what exactly has Chris Jericho accomplished since his return to the WWE in January?

The promo videos leading up to his third stint in the company were excellent, and speculation ran rampant on the true meaning of certain items, particularly the girl in the latter half of the clips.

As hard as Y2J tried to deny the speculation, many people expected him to make a return. When he did, however, he did it in a way that was different than ever before, and the speculation increased. What did Jericho have up his sleeve?

Well, he finally talked the week before the Royal Rumble, and he was promising something big at the PPV. Instead, Jericho finished second, while Sheamus got the honor of the night.

Chris Jericho is one of the veterans who knows that part of his job is to get the next generation over. Sheamus is going to be one of the top guys in the business for the foreseeable future. So while the decision slowed Y2J's momentum, he put over a young guy in a big way, and it still gave him time to rebuild the mystique of his return.

But then the trend continued. Elimination Chamber: Knocked out of the chamber and taken away. WrestleMania XXVIII: Loss to CM Punk

So I ask the question again: What exactly has Chris Jericho accomplished since he returned? Sure, he has put over Sheamus and Punk, but it is about time that Y2J gets a PPV victory.

We all wanted to see this feud between CM Punk and Chris Jericho, and it has become quite a personal affair. They are the best on the microphone, and they are showing the world why they belong at the top of this business.

But for Jericho, he desperately needs a win on Sunday to prove that he can still get it done. He will be entering a likely-hostile crowd in Chicago, and while they will be booing the good guy John Cena, they will be firmly behind their hometown hero.

Four PPV defeats in a row is not a positive outcome for Y2J. For a young guy, an appearance on four straight shows would be a big deal in itself. For the veteran Jericho, he needs to pick up a victory on Sunday.

Not only would a Jericho win get major heat, but it would also provide an opportunity to extend the feud if the WWE felt they could get a little extra juice out of the two men. Although there may not be many more places this feud can go, having Punk chase the title would give it a different feel.

What will happen to Jericho if he loses, and how far down the card will he fall? The most likely scenario would be a feud with Randy Orton, who is the man that put him out of commission in the first place. Nonetheless, the options become very limited if Y2J does not succeed again on Sunday.

If there were ever a time for Chris Jericho to win, it would be at Extreme Rules. And damn, he needs that victory big time.