Chris Jericho Signs Short Term Deal: WWE's Plans for Him Through WrestleMania

Daniel Van BoomAnalyst IIJanuary 28, 2013

Brock Lesnar wasn't the only man to sign a WWE contract over the weekend.

According to, Chris Jericho has been signed to a short-term deal that will see him work full-time through WrestleMania 29.

Chris Jericho returned at last night's Royal Rumble PPV, entering the Rumble at No. 2 and starting the match with his most recent rival, Dolph Ziggler.

The report notes that current plans are for Jericho to feud with Dolph Ziggler and then turn heel. There was even talk of a Jericho vs Ryback match for WrestleMania 29, though it hasn't been confirmed.

Jericho and Ziggler's feud culminated with a match at last year's SummerSlam, and then another one on Raw the next night, which saw Jericho put his career on the line for a shot at Ziggler's Money in the Bank contract. Jericho, who needed to be written off of TV, lost the match and wasn't seen again until last night.

If the reports are true, it's likely that we'll see a Jericho vs Ziggler match at the Elimination Chamber PPV, and hopefully they'll get more than the 13 minutes they got at SummerSlam.

The idea of a match between Jericho and Ryback is a little odd. There's a lot of potential in the buildup, as Ryback is somewhat of an underdeveloped character, and Jericho can definitely help mold him into a more well-rounded superstar. 

Despite that, it's hard to imagine a match that doesn't see Ryback annihilating Jericho with relative ease.

As noted, the report did state that the match was "yet to be confirmed", so take that particular news with a grain of salt.

If the match with Ryback doesn't happen, there are still plenty of options for WWE to go with. Jericho beat Daniel Bryan in his first televised WWE match, so just salivate over that feud and maybe it will become a reality. 

Regardless, Chris Jericho put on a terrific performance at the Royal Rumble last night and is, as we know, one of the best and most dynamic superstars in the industry today.

Jericho has often turned whatever WWE gives him into gold, so no matter what he's an asset to the business and great for fans, as well as another ace up WWE's sleeve for this year's WrestleMania season.