Chris Jericho may very well be the busiest man in all of entertainment, let alone the business of professional wrestling. As well as competing in the ring Y2J tours the world with his band Fozzy as well as puts out an extremely popular podcast, Talk Is Jericho, twice a week every week. Somehow this past week, Jericho found some time in his schedule to take care of the not so small matter of a dream match with Kenny Omega. It may very well have been the biggest match to happen outside of WWE in almost 20 years. Unfortunately for The Ayatollah of Rock N’ Rolla, he did not manage to overcome The Cleaner. It was an incredible match though and now Jericho fans are left wondering one thing, what’s next?
5. A Royal Rumble Appearance
Now that Chris Jericho has battled Kenny Omega and his work with New Japan Pro Wrestling is (possibly) done and dusted, surely the six-time World Champion will return to his spiritual home of WWE. There was speculation that Y2J may even return in order to begin an angle with somebody heading into WrestleMania 34. On the same night, however, Jericho has a concert with Fozzy booked in on the opposite side of the United States to New Orleans so that’s not looking likely. Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer has stated that fans shouldn’t rule out seeing Jericho in the Royal Rumble match later this month, however. There are 30 spots available and everybody loves a Rumble surprise.
4. A Tenth Intercontinental Championship
While Chris Jericho has done an awful lot of things over the course of his career, there is one thing in particular that he has done more than any other Superstar. That is win the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Y2J has won the much-coveted title an incredible nine times. Apart from returning in order to make that a nice round ten reigns, there is another reason for him to try and win the title at least one more time. A still active WWE Superstar in The Miz is quickly chasing Jericho’s record and currently sits proudly on seven reigns. You have to imagine that it won’t be long before The Awesome One catches up with Y2J’s record. Imagine if both are on nine reigns and one then beats the other to get that 10th, it would make for a pretty special moment.
3. One Last Run As World Champion
As Chris Jericho never ceases to tire telling people, he defeated The Rock and Stone Cold in the same night in order to become the first ever WWE Undisputed Champion. To be fair, it is an achievement worth bragging about, and it only accounts for one of the six occasions that Y2J has been a World Champion. There are likely very few people that wouldn’t want to see Jericho return and win a World Championship in WWE one last time. Apparently, the original plan for his match at WrestleMania 33 with Kevin Owens was for it to be for the Universal Title. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Don’t fool yourself into thinking Jericho is too old to be World Champion though. He proved in the Tokyo Dome on Thursday that he is still one of the best in the world, even if he did lose.
Despite the self-proclaimed greatest of all time still being in terrific ring-shape, he can only go on for so long. As detailed above Jericho continues to spin more and more plates and sooner or later something has got to give. The first thing that he will probably have to let go of is his wrestling career. Yes, he is still a fantastic in-ring performer, but like every other wrestler in the business, he will want to go out on his own terms. Being forced out of the business because of an injury or simply because you can’t wrestle to an acceptable standard are plateaus that no Superstar wants to reach. If Jericho wants to go out at the top of his game, then retirement will soon be an option he has to realistically consider.
1. A Wrestle Kingdom Rematch
Chris Jericho is a smart man. He’s not the kind of guy who will wrestle until his body is falling to pieces. You can likely rest assured that if he is still wrestling, Y2J is in the shape to do so. What is also pretty likely is that the rivalry between he and Kenny Omega is far from over. Jericho’s ego, both on and off screen, is too big for him to merely walk away after losing the epic that he had with The Cleaner at Wrestle Kingdom 12. A rematch will be in the cards somewhere down the line, it’s just a question of when and where. Jericho could return to New Japan, they could battle on the Rock and Wrestling Cruise later this year, or perhaps, Jericho will demand that the rematch take place on his home turf in WWE to make things fair.
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