Chris Jericho's Retirement May Be the Saddest In All of Professional Wrestling

Ian Malone@ianthomasmaloneCorrespondent IIISeptember 2, 2010

Before you think to ask the question, I do not know the results to Night of Champions. I do not know if Chris Jericho's promise to retire if he does not win the WWE Title is legitimate. However, I do know that Jericho's retirement is not too far away. He will turn 40 in November. We seem to forget that guys like Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, and Sting are the exception and not the rule. Chris Jericho will retire soon and it will be a tough pill to swallow. 

Y2J is a beloved figure to the Internet Wrestling Community. I can't think of many wrestlers who earn near unanimous praise from such a large group. There are plenty of reasons why he's on everyone's top ten lists. 

Chris is not the poster boy for the WWE.

Chris' merchandise is not exclusively worn by people under the age of ten.

Chris is not married or related to anyone with the last name McMahon.

Chris puts over young talent.

Chris legitimizes belts just by slinging them over his shoulder.

Chris wrestled stars like The Rock and Stone Cold in their primes and hasn't moved on to a film career.

Whether it's Ricky Steamboat, Shawn Michaels, or even Goldust, Chris Jericho brings out the best in everyone he works with.   

Chris Jericho is one of the few main event talents to wrestle on WWE Superstars more than once. Jericho regularly participates in programs that become feud of the year candidates. 

Remember the Raw Guest Hosts? How many of them were saved because Y2J had to come over from Smackdown just to put them over? Chris even managed to make that segment with Al Sharpton interesting. 

This is why Chris Jericho is so beloved. He does what the company needs him to do. I'm not a John Cena hater but I think he could retain his status even if he took a few jobs here and there. It would make his matches more interesting. 

We were sad to see Shawn Michaels go. With all due respect to Mr. Wrestlemania, I think Y2J is much more important to the company that HBK was for most of the new millennium. 

They call John Cena superman. While that may be true in the ring, Jericho is the real superman. In a year he's held the Intercontinental title, saved the tag division, and then retained the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania. Can John Cena's mediocre movies and Gilette commercials hold a candle to that?

Jericho's retirement will not leave people in tears the way Ric Flair or Shawn Michaels did. But his retirement will hurt the company more than those two's put together. 

It might even "break the walls."