Chris Jericho recently returned to WWE following a nearly one-year absence. Y2J came back on the June 30 edition of Monday Night Raw and was surprisingly met by a Wyatt Family welcoming party. The incident sparked a feud between Jericho and Bray Wyatt, a feud that has led to a match at Battleground on July 20.
This rivalry is one that many WWE fans were surely looking forward to, as Jericho is one of the most popular and widely respected Superstars in WWE history. They were likely also happy for Wyatt, as this program against Jericho will help build his legacy in WWE.
Bray is one of those talents who is nearly impossible for fans to stop watching. He has such a presence and such an aura about him that he absolutely owns the screen whenever he's on camera. Fans watch him, they listen to him and they see just how talented Wyatt truly is the more attention they pay to him.
Simply put, Bray Wyatt gets it. That is why he's a must-watch Superstar in WWE.
From the moment he appears on TV, Wyatt is the character he portrays. He is so good at what he does that he has taken a character that probably should not have gotten over and made it work from top to bottom.
When fans see Wyatt, they see the tormented cult-like figure that he showcases. They sing along with him, they illuminate the darkened arenas when he comes out and they marvel at his promos, transfixed as he speaks.
Wyatt has made believers out of the crowd. They get it as well.
And this was no small effort on his part. The fact is it's a tall order for any worker to succeed on WWE's level. To make it onto that worldwide stage and stay there requires focus and dedication to your craft. You have to want it, and you have to want it more than anyone else.
If you don't want it like that, you will be left behind. There is too much talent in that company for anyone wanting to succeed to just sit back and take what's given to them.
Wyatt obviously wants it, and judging from the work he's put in thus far, he wants it so bad he can taste it.
But wanting it is not enough. In order to evolve in WWE, Wyatt must work Superstars who can test him in the ring. He must face the best that the company has to offer. That is the only way he can get better.
Both his ring work and his character need to be pushed. The truth is that while he's garnered quite a following with fans, Wyatt is still a heel. And if WWE intends on keeping him that way, the effort must be made to put him back into heel mode. The only way to do that is to test Wyatt's character.
Enter Jericho, who can do all of the above.
Jericho's reputation of being a hard worker in the ring is well-known among WWE fans. Jericho is a technician and has been involved in some of the most exciting feuds in WWE history. His rivalry with Shawn Michaels back in 2008 is just one example of a time when Jericho was at his best and was firing on all cylinders.
An important part of that rivalry was Jericho's work with his character. He completely changed from the Y2J fans had known for years and reinvented himself against Michaels in a storyline that is still a favorite among much of the WWE faithful today.
Jericho is one of the best talents WWE has ever featured in the ring, but he is also a legend on the mic. He is versatile and well-rounded in every aspect of the game, qualities that will benefit Wyatt on July 20.
For Wyatt, this is the one feud that could elevate him higher than any he's had thus far. Since debuting on WWE's main roster in 2013, Wyatt has scored victories over Kane, Daniel Bryan and John Cena. Each man is a heavy hitter in the company, and each man put Wyatt over. And while Cena did ultimately win the rivalry with Wyatt, the truth is that Wyatt's character remains as strong as ever before.
That character will grow even more against Jericho. Jericho will entertain as he always does and will sell for Wyatt, putting him over; at the end of the day, Jericho understands how to do business. He knows that for Wyatt to continue on an upward trend, he must keep proving himself and must face competition that can help him grow.
A win over Jericho will help build Wyatt's legacy. And depending on the quality of the feud as well as how it's received by fans, Wyatt could be moving up even faster than before.
That is the effect that a future Hall of Famer can have on a future main event star. Chris will give Wyatt's career a rub to help him but will almost certainly provide a great chapter in Wyatt's legacy as well. Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho is only just beginning, and for Wyatt, it could very well be a defining moment in his career.