Although I think that I can be a tough critic of the WWE at times, I don’t think many of you will disagree with this statement: Monday Night Raw wasn’t very good this week. There was far too much time spent on this Cena/Laurinaitis/Show drama, far too little focus on Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk and a number of other small things that probably should have gone differently.
Yet, if you dig really deep through all the bad, you can actually find some good.
That good? What appears to be the start of a feud between Randy Orton and Chris Jericho.
When Y2J returned to the WWE, we all knew that he would feud with CM Punk. What we didn’t know was who he’d feud with after Punk if he stuck around afterward. My hope all along was that Jericho’s next major feud would be with Orton, and I wanted to see it for a number of reasons. For starters, it does what very few WWE storylines actually do, and that’s make sense.
When Jericho parted ways with the WWE in 2010, he did so after being punted in the skull by Orton. I’ve always felt like this was one of those times that the WWE actually planned well in advance. I don’t think it was Orton who punted Jericho for no reason. I think it was Orton who punted Jericho to set up a feud for if and when Jericho returned.
And, what do you know, here we are two nearly two years later, and the Y2J/Orton feud seems to have picked back up again.
Sure, it would have made a little more sense if this was Jericho’s first feud upon his return. But still, there’s a definite history there between these two, as Jericho returned to the WWE for a feud with Orton in 2007 and had that WWE run ended by Orton.
That’s storytelling, and the final chapter should be written soon, now that the seeds have been planted for another feud between these two after Jericho interfered in Orton’s match on Raw.
I love it—mostly because of the logic involved, but also because the potential for a great series of matches is definitely there.
While I’m not sure how long Jericho is going to stick around (if he’ll take a short hiatus or leave WWE altogether), I honestly think that a series of matches between him and Orton could rivalry what Orton and Christian did in 2011.
Yeah, it could be that good.
Orton and Jericho are currently two of the WWE’s top five overall performers, so pairing them up together seems like nothing short of a fantastic idea.