Chris Jericho found himself in familiar territory in the summer of 2005. The draft was underway, and he had the distinct pleasure of interviewing the first pick in the draft. But no one knew who it was...until a familiar soundtrack hit, and The Spirit of St. Louis covered SmackDown's WWE Champion.
Jericho got involved in the WWE Championship picture when he attacked John Cena after the two tagged up against Tomko and Christian. Jericho lost his first attempt at the gold at Vengeance and lost again at Summerslam. Following the loss, Jericho got another shot, but when he came up this time, he was "fired" by then-RAW GM Eric Bischoff.
When Jericho was carried off by security, that was the last time anyone saw him on WWE Programming...
That unofficially was until Larry King. Officially, it happened following Survivor Series.
After Randy Orton defeated Shawn Michaels, he hosted a "Pass The Torch" ceremony to usher in his official status as "The Best." But his ceremony was interrupted when the Torch Bearer was dropped backstage, and the codes that have appeared on the Titantron since September started counting down once again.
When the timer reached zero, a short-haired Chris Jericho appeared and announced that "This is the second coming of Y...2...J!!!" With that, Jericho made his intentions clear: That he was here to save us from the monotony of Randy Orton...and lay claim to the WWE Championship as well. But thanks to a retired JBL at Armageddon, Jericho won the match but didn't get the title.
When Jericho lost the gold, he goaded JBL out of retirement to face him at The Royal Rumble. After the Rumble, Jericho competed in his fourth Elimination Chamber match to determine the #1 Contender for the WWE Championship and captured the Intercontinental Championship for a record eighth time.
But he once again went under the radar and began a war with Shawn Michaels that started with him launching HBK into the Jeritron 6000. This war would continue for several months, but took a pause at Unforgiven to participate in the World Heavyweight Championship Scramble.
What was next is the arrival of the new and improved Chris Jericho...