Did you see what happened to Chris Jericho on Sunday night??
One of the elder statesmen of the sport is in the middle of a big comeback and is rising up the ranks incredibly quickly. Sunday night, in the championship elimination chamber match against the likes of CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler and The Miz, it was Y2K that survived until almost the very end.
He was giving Punk all he could handle and looked to be the strong favorite to pull off the upset and knock off the champ.
Instead, he received a brutal roundhouse kick from Punk right to the skull, knocking himself out of the chamber while taking a camera man out with him. It looked pretty clear to me that Punk made a mistake and should not have land it with such force.
Officials sprinted over to help him in a rare moment when nobody is sure if he’s actually hurt or not. The match rolls on while Jericho lies there and is eventually deemed unable to continue with the match. It was a tough way to go out and I’m not sure if the creative team scripted it like this. Then again, the medical team had microphones and Punk was seen running around in celebration so maybe it's all part of the script.
So will Jericho be okay? Will he be forced out of action? Maybe for a week or two, but this guy is tough. Now that Daniel Bryan has chosen by Sheamus to fight in WrestleMania, it will be Punk vs. Jericho with one pick sparkly championship belt on the line.
But how will Jericho rebound? It’s no secret he is an old man at this point and is not on the same level athletically as Punk. He is a great ambassador for the sport and typically does splendid mic work (when he’s not giving everybody the silent treatment) and is still a major asset.
But after watching a guy who had previously never been injured in the ring get roughed up so badly, I’m beginning to wonder if his body simply can take the incredible punishment a WWE star takes anymore. Or if the creative team is merely taking a new angle with a wrestler they have been working with for the last decade.
The more I watch the new Jericho storyline pan out, the more I think he’s not going to last for very long past WrestleMania.