Among the many things Chris Jericho knows how to do well is make a memorable first impression. His 1999 debut, which saw
him revealed as the Superstar behind the mysterious Y2J millennium countdown, remains one of the most brilliant entrances
of all time. Believe it or not, Jericho managed to out-do himself when he re-debuted in 2007 as the savior behind a cryptic
The importance of Jericho's original debut was heightened by the fact that he came over from World Championship Wrestling
during the height of the Monday Night Wars. Making an instant impact, he captured the Intercontinental Championship just
four months into his tenure. The victory proved to be the first of many title reigns for Y2J.
Following the championship win, Jericho's charisma and athleticism placed him in the center of many memorable WWE
moments, including a Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania 2000 that saw both the Intercontinental and European
Championship defended. However, Jericho's greatest moment came in December 2001 when he defeated both The Rock and "Stone Cold"
Steve Austin in one night to become the Undisputed WWE Champion.
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The latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter from Dave Meltzer hit on the fallout from WWE’s 2015 “Royal Rumble” pay-per-view on Sunday, Jan. 25. Within the newsletter, Meltzer noted that a prominent WWE star turned down an offer for a surprise appearance in the 30-man Royal Rumble match, which was won by Roman Reigns.
According to the newsletter, WWE inquired Chris Jericho about an appearance in the Royal Rumble match on Monday, Jan. 19. However, “Y2J” politely declined WWE’s offer that day, believing that his return to television should mean more and not be a one-off.
Despite already working a number of WWE live events in 2015, which will substantially increase through February and March, Jericho is not expected to return to WWE programming any time soon to work WrestleMania 31.
Jericho last wrestled for WWE at the 2014 “Night of Champions” pay-per-view. At the event, Jericho lost
to “The Viper” Randy Orton. Since then, Jericho has made sporadic appearances on WWE programming, serving twice as the special guest authority figure, in addition to hosting his in-ring “Highlight Reel” show on numerous occasions.