Chris Jericho: How Leaving WWE Now Saves Y2J's Character

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2012

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 11:  Actor Chris Jericho poses at the Crown Royal suite at the ESPY Style Studio at the Mondrian Hotel on July 11, 2006 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images for Crown Royal)
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While the return of Chris Jericho in January came in like a lion with a great video package and a wonderful jacket, it fizzled out soon after and the heel persona that Y2J’s character came up with went over like broken glass.

Now that the WWE star is leaving the company and returning to the road with his band Fozzy—via a loss on Raw to Dolph Ziggler—Chris Jericho’s persona has been saved.

Over the last month, Y2J returned to being a face and made the fans love him. The WWE should have requested this Jericho for his whole return, but it allowed the fans to fall in love with the star once again.

Now that he is leaving, the fans feel like they just got their favorite star back and miss him already; the WWE Universe have been left wanting more.

That’s something that doesn’t happen often in the three-hour Raw age.


What It Means

With a few months on the road doing what he loves, Jericho will have a refreshed outlook on both his life and his career. As a man, Jericho has found the balance between wrestling and his music that makes him happy.

As seen by his willingness to put everyone over, Jericho is quite satisfied with what he has going on in his life and the WWE can’t help but love what Y2J offers. Not only is he one of the most decorated stars still wrestling, his mic and in-ring skills are second to none.

As we saw from his countless matches against CM Punk, Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler, Jericho knows his role now and he is dead-set and making every young star that he works with look amazing.

The fans don’t realize yet how much they will miss the veteran star making their favorite WWE superstar look as strong as possible.


What’s Next?

According to Fozzy’s website, the band will be on tour for most of the remainder of 2012 and a few dates in 2013. What also should be noted is that he has October and most of November off.

With the WWE always going all-in on Survivor Series, these missing dates of the Fozzy schedule could mean a return for the run up to the big PPV. The fans would love to see another midcard feud featuring Y2J and one of the up-and-coming stars in the company.

Now that Jericho has left on good terms with the company and the WWE Universe, not only does Dolph Ziggler get the immediate rub, the fans yearn for more of Y2J’s matches and his promos.

When he does eventually return, the pop will be huge.


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