Over the last few weeks, a mysterious series of promos have been appearing on Raw and Smackdown. So far they have been very generic and difficult to tell who is behind them, but really, it comes down to one person.
Sure, you could make the wild assumption that Sting, Brock Lesnar, Goldberg or some other former superstar is making the most shocking return of the century, but let's be realistic.
Here's why Jericho is really the only man that can be behind the promos.
Chris Jericho has stated numerous times on his Twitter account and other media sources that he has no plans of returning and that he is comfortable where he is at right now in life.
Then, about a month ago, he tweeted that we will never see him in a WWE ring again.
This could mean two things:
One, he truly will stay retired and he is telling us fans to get off his back. Or two, he is simply setting us all up for an even more shocking return.
I personally believe it's the second reason, as I highly doubt that he would just leave in such a boring way. He wasn't thrown into a dramatic retirement match, and he wasn't killed by The Undertaker in some crazy stunt.
I know Jericho's heel persona was bland, but there's just no way he leaves the company on that note.
Really, the only name that comes to mind besides Chris Jericho is The Undertaker. And for all we know, he could already be in retirement.
Even if he was to return for Wrestlemania season, I doubt he would come four months before the event. Usually, he comes a little after the Royal Rumble.
You would think that we would hear more Undertaker return rumors by now if he was actually coming back this early.
Like I stated in the intro, you could make some wild assumption that it's Sting, but we're trying to keep this as realistic as possible.
These promos have a sense of eeriness to them.
However, it's not the type of eeriness that a guy like The Undertaker brings. If it was a promo for The Undertaker, there would likely be more theatrics like strobe lights, lightning, graveyards and things like that.
These promos have a more of a Jericho-like feel to them.
The little boy in the promos is saying things like "savior," "it begins" and "the beginning." All of those things point to Jericho making a 2012 return. It reminds me a lot of when Jericho debuted at the beginning of the year 2000.
Perhaps that's the biggest clue to his return.
When you weigh the options of who it could be, there's just no way it could be The Undertaker, or anybody else for that matter.
Jericho has a knack for making his returns at the beginning of the year, like he did when he debuted at the beginning of 2000.
It's not that there's a lot of evidence that it's him, because there's not. But out of all the possibilities, he seems the most likely.
As fans, I think we can comfortably say that Jericho will be making another storied return on January 2, 2012 in Memphis, Tennessee.