On last night's episode of Monday Night RAW, during the match between Wade Barrett and Kofi Kingston the Twitter graphic featured in the bottom left corner of the screen became fuzzy and displayed the URL of a YouTube channel. That URL leads to a creepy promo called "It Begins 2012."
The black and white promo is of a lone schoolboy sitting at a desk, prophesying something which will come to pass on January 2, 2012.
“Come my people and shut thy doors about thee. For a power should come to punish the meek for their inequity. For on the second day of 2012, a familiar force shall arrive to claim what is his. And it will be the end of the world as you know it.”
On that date, RAW will be live from Memphis, TN.
Now the question is: who exactly is returning on the second day of 2012?
The top two speculations are without a doubt The Undertaker and Chris Jericho, and the promo itself holds many clues hinting that it could be either one.
The sheer creep factor of the video definitely lends itself to 'Taker. He is obviously a "familiar force," and because he is more associated with SmackDown than he is RAW, the thing which he would claim as his could very well be the World Heavyweight Title. Perhaps a showdown between Mark Henry and Undertaker is on the horizon? Although it's hard to say what with Henry's kayfabe ankle injury.
Furthermore, during last night's broadcast an obvious Kane promo was aired that has generated some buzz about the possibility of the return of masked Kane. If these two promos are working in tandem, it could signify the return of the Brothers of Destruction.
As for Chris Jericho, the clues are all in the words. As we all know, Jericho loves to insult people with smart, complicated vocabulary, and "meek" is in all likelihood an adjective he has used at one point or another. Additionally, the last line of the promo—"and it will be the end of the world as you know it"—hearkens back to Jericho's Y2J WWE debut back in 1999, when everyone was so sure that the world would end in 2000 as a result of Y2K.
Whoever the "It Begins" promo signifies, whether it be Undertaker, Jericho, or otherwise, it is definitely an intriguing concept. Hopefully come January 2, 2012, we will all be shocked and excited to see the return of a big name superstar.