Chris Jericho provided plenty of iconic moments during his tenure in WWE, but now that he's with the rival AEW promotion, Vince McMahon's company will certainly do all they can to avoid Y2J references.
A prime example of this was displayed at Sunday's Clash of Champions pay-per-view, where The Miz challenged Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship. The announce team brought up that if he was victorious, Miz would tie the record for most Intercontinental title reigns.
Nakamura wound up winning the match, so Miz failed to win what would have been a record-tying ninth Intercontinental Championship reign. Who has the record? That would be Mr. Jericho.
But WWE was unwilling to acknowledge the nine title reigns during Sunday's show. This was pointed out by Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ringside News).
It's an unwritten rule in WWE where they try to avoid mentioning former superstars in different promotions. Jon Moxley (formerly known as Dean Ambrose) has not been mentioned at all on WWE programming ever since he joined AEW in May. Jericho has received the same treatment since revealing that he had signed with AEW.
Jericho's first Intercontinental Championship reign began at the 1999 Armageddon pay-per-view. He won the title numerous times over the next calendar year, and his last reign occurred in 2009. Jericho won the title at Extreme Rules and held it for 21 days before losing it to Rey Mysterio.
Will The Miz Break YJ2's Record?
At some point, The Miz is likely going to break that title reign. He's been tied to the Intercontinental Championship throughout the bulk of his career, and he's been a loyal soldier in WWE. You have to think the company will reward Miz by giving him a record-breaking reign at some point.
Not only that, but The Miz is still going strong and has plenty of prime wrestling years left in him. It's truly only a matter of time until he wins that title for a record-tying ninth time. Only, you probably won't hear Jericho's name brought up by WWE once The Miz makes history.