One of the most exciting things about Chris Jericho is that he can reappear on WWE programming out of nowhere, which makes any stretch of time that he is on WWE television something special. Over the past few years, Jericho’s appearances in WWE haven’t been for very long or have been one-off matches like the one he had at WWE Night of Champions last year. Thankfully, 2016 has been “The Gift of Jericho.”
Not only has Y2J been featured on WWE programming since January, but it has been one of the best runs of his career. He’s scratched some dream matches off his list, performed at the biggest Wrestlemania of all time, and had the first his successful heel run in many years, which has been so much fun for the WWE fans.
It’s also being reported that Jericho will be getting involved in the WWE Universal title picture at WWE Hell in a Cell next month. The rumor is that Kevin Owens will be defending the WWE Universal Championship against both Jericho and Seth Rollins. Unfortunately, that could be the last chance to drink in “The Gift of Jericho” in WWE for quite some time.
According to a report released shortly after WWE Clash of Champions, WWE Hell in a Cell is likely to be the last stop on the 2016 WWE tour for Chris Jericho. After the PPV, Y2J will either disappear into thin air, or he’ll be written off WWE programming shortly after the event because the time has come for him to return to Fozzy. Apparently, the band is recording another album, which will lead to another tour soon afterward.
It’s sad to say goodbye to Chris Jericho because he’s currently on one of the most fun runs of his career, but that is what makes it all the more disappointing. Nothing is confirmed as of this writing, and this isn’t the first time a rumor has come to light about Y2J’s time in WWE coming to an end soon. It happened a few months before WWE Summerslam, but he’s remained around until now.
There have also been reports about Jericho’s run not ending until early 2017. The important thing to keep in mind here is that 2016 has been one of the best runs for Jericho of his WWE career, so he’ll be ending his run with the WWE Universe wanting more, which is what you want as a performer. More importantly, a lot of great things were accomplished during the last nine to ten months while he’s been back in WWE.
First and foremost, the WWE Universe was just happy earlier this year that we got to see Chris Jericho vs. AJ Styles at least once in our lives. That was a dream match that we not only got to see four times, but the last time was on the grandest stage of them all. We got to see Jericho vs. Styles at Wrestlemania. That would have been good enough, but there is a reason why this run will be remembered as “The Gift of Jericho Era.”
During the feud with Styles, he turned heel for the first time in years, which was such a breath of fresh air for his on-screen persona. Over the next several months, Jericho feuded and wrestled with a who’s who of the current WWE roster, including Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn, and even Enzo and Big Cass.
If WWE Hell in a Cell is the last time the WWE Universe sees Jericho for awhile, it will be a shame. Having said that, his work this year has only added to his legacy and given the WWE fans another run to remember for one of the best WWE Superstars of all time. Wrestlemania 33 is around the corner, so Chris Jericho may be back for that. If not, it’ll only be a matter of time before “The Gift of Jericho” returns to WWE again.
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