Former multitime world champion Chris Jericho hasn’t been seen on WWE programming since July 2013, but the speculation that he could be returning to the company on the road to WrestleMania XXX has the wrestling world buzzing.
Jericho took time to address the rumors about a possible in-ring return when he spoke candidly to Bobby Melok of WWE.com:
I don’t really have the itch. I’m super busy with all the stuff I’m doing, between Fozzy tours, we’re getting ready to record a new record, the podcast, “But I’m Chris Jericho,” which is another big hit. I’m also finishing my third book. There’s a lot of stuff going on. Having said that, I’d be open to it, but I haven’t had any conversations or anything like that. It’s WrestleMania. Anybody that’s been in WWE wants to be involved. If I’m there, it’ll be awesome and I’ll do everything I can to have the best match on the show. If I’m not, I’ll have a great time watching it, I’m sure.
Now that Jericho has left the door open for a return, it’s up to the WWE officials to make the correct choice and bring him back for another run.
Even if it’s just two or three months of Jericho on television, he has the clout with the fans to get an instant reaction anytime he hits the ring. Whether Y2J is a face or a heel upon his return—he can play both roles to perfection—he adds depth to the roster and can make any midcard match feel like a special attraction.
With 30 world championships across the major promotions he has worked for in his career (WWE, WCW and ECW), Jericho has an aura that follows him. No matter how long he has been away from the sport, the prestige that a well-traveled veteran like Y2J provides for a card is undeniable. Even at 43 years old, Jericho still provides so much value to the WWE.
Fellow wrestlers like Roddy Piper know how important the former unified champion is to the business:
With the importance of the 30th edition of WrestleMania, adding Jericho is a no-brainer.
Not only does Jericho draw fans into the product and help make the company money, but the WWE also understands his biggest contribution would be his willingness to make fresher talent look great in the ring and on the mic.
Y2J knows that wins and losses do not matter, as he told Ring Rust Radio in an exclusive interview, and his ability to help put over a star who needs a rub by losing is one of the most valuable assets he offers to the WWE.
As seen with Jericho’s losses to Ryback and Fandango, his ability in the ring can help make a star look legitimate while not doing an ounce of damage to his reputation.
There is no question that Jericho is one of the most popular and decorated stars in WWE history, and adding him to the road to WrestleMania and the actual card for April’s marquee event would help create mainstream buzz leading into the show.
Add in the fact that his match would likely be one of the best of the night no matter whom he is fighting, and the WWE would be foolish to pass on the opportunity to bring Jericho back.
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