What Chris Jericho's Royal Rumble Return Means for WWE Future

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2013

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 5: (L-R) WWE Superstar Chris Jericho taunts actor Mickey Rourke as they prepare to duel during WrestleMania 25 at Reliant Stadium on April 5, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bill Olive/Getty Images)
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Future WWE Hall of Famer Chris Jericho is back with the company, and fans across the world are ready to see one of the greatest wrestlers of all time return to the business that made him a legend.

When Dolph Ziggler took the No. 1 spot in the Royal Rumble match Sunday night, the anticipation of who the young star would square off against to start the 30-man battle royal had the WWE Universe on edge.

As Jericho’s music hit to reveal the former undisputed champion had returned to the company once again, the realization that Y2J was likely back for an extended program or two on the road to WrestleMania 29 began to sink in.

Re-signing Jericho is a wise choice by WWE management.

According to F4WOnline—paid subscription—(via Wrestling Inc.), Jericho is back with the company on a full-time basis for a few months, and there are two feuds WWE would consider for the Canadian star:

As noted earlier, WWE has signed Chris Jericho to a short-term deal. The Wrestling Observer reports that according to multiple sources, Jericho will be working full-time through WrestleMania 29. Following a feud with Dolph Ziggler, Jericho is scheduled to turn heel. Backstage talk at the Royal Rumble was that Jericho will face Ryback at WrestleMania 29 but that's not confirmed.

This was the definition of a no-brainer decision for WWE because Jericho is still one of the best in-ring workers in the business today, and he has the ability to play a heel or a face with ease.

That much versatility—coupled with the fact that Y2J is incredibly over with the crowd because of his charisma—is exactly what WWE needs from a guy who is returning for a three-month program that culminates with a WrestleMania match.

Jericho could pick up right where he left off when Dolph Ziggler beat him to have his contract terminated, and the fact that then-GM A.J. Lee, who commissioned that match, is now dating Ziggler writes itself.

After Y2J puts over Ziggler in another set of amazing matches, the possibility that it could be Jericho who gets a chance to work with Ryback at WrestleMania 29 is a dream for all parties involved.

There is no question that Jericho has taken great pride in putting the fresher talent over in the latter stages of his career, but no star could use the rub from Y2J as much as Ryback.

Jericho would be able to make Ryback look great in the ring—just like Punk did—and WWE would have a main event-worthy match for the company’s next big thing; Y2J could turn Ryback into a legend with an unforgettable WrestleMania match.

No matter what Jericho does when he comes back to WWE, the fans and officials backstage know the man will go all-in on his character and will be one of the biggest stars on the card as long as he’s back.

WrestleMania 29 will be amazing with Y2J!


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