Chris Jericho is back in the WWE and could be in the fold for another extended run this time around. Jericho made his surprise return to Monday Night Raw on the first episode of 2016 and announced his entrance into the 30-man Royal Rumble match at the annual pay-per-view. He then confirmed on the latest episode of his podcast Talk is Jericho that he will be a part of the active roster beyond the Royal Rumble and that that appearance won’t be fashioned in the “one-and-done” style.
Chris Jericho fans – or Jerichoholics as he refers to them – may be happy to find out that this current stint could extend to the company’s biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania. He’s already booked, along with Brock Lesnar, for Fastlane, the show in between Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania. But his inclusion in WWE’s Super Bowl in Dallas could help fill the void left by John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, and Cesaro due to injury. And now, Wrestlezone is reporting that a new wrinkle could develop over the next couple months with his character.
Chris Jericho, according to the report, will be involved in a tag team match at an upcoming taping of Smackdown! against WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns and Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose. What’s interesting about the match (which may not air on television) is that Jericho is scheduled to team with one of, if not the top heel in the company at the moment, Sheamus. Ambrose is set to face Kevin Owens in a Last Man Standing Match for the Intercontinental title at the Royal Rumble, while Reigns, Sheamus and Jericho will all compete in the Rumble itself for Reigns’ WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Ambrose and Owens may also be involved, though that is not official as of yet).
So, Chris Jericho will technically be working that upcoming match as a heel. And even though the probability of the match being televised is slim, it begs the question: why? Well, the report suggests that a potential Jericho-Ambrose feud is being discussed that could culminate at Wrestlemania. Jericho’s previous “one-off” return came this past September when he was revealed as the mystery partner for Reigns and Ambrose in their three-on-three match against The Wyatt Family. The heels were victorious and after the match, Jericho brushed by Ambrose ever so subtlety and hadn’t been seen on WWE programming until last week.
Chris Jericho is a nine-time Intercontinental Champion, the most reigns ever in WWE history. The fact that Dean Ambrose is the current champion adds even more intrigue to a potential feud that fans would approve.
Chris Jericho’s days as a full-time member of WWE’s active roster are over. That ended in 2005. But the first ever Undisputed WWE Champion has made numerous returns that lasted various lengths of time, positioned in various spots on the card. His most recent long-lasting feud came against Bray Wyatt, which culminated in a cage match on a September episode of Monday Night Raw. His latest return has seen him in verbal spats with The New Day, with a payoff that isn’t clear to this point.
A Chris Jericho-Dean Ambrose feud would certainly help fill out a Wrestlemania card that’s become increasingly difficult to predict thanks to all the injuries. Roman Reigns vs Triple H seems like the only sure-thing at present, while Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker await their assignments. An appearance from The Rock will provide a boost in the star-power department, but Jericho actually wrestling at the event will help stack the lineup. Of course, anything could happen with the title being defended for the first time ever in the Rumble match and the imminent debuts of the stars of New Japan.
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