Chris Jericho will be stepping into the Elimination Chamber match this Sunday, as WWE will crown a new No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. If Chris wins, he goes to WrestleMania 29 to presumably face either Alberto Del Rio or Big Show for the title. But will he win on Sunday?
Right from the start I have to say that I am a Chris Jericho fan. The guy is just absolute money every time he steps through the curtain.
A born entertainer, Y2J’s showmanship transcended the industry when he crossed over into music; now that he’s back, fans are once again benefiting from his talents. And Jericho is delivering on every level.
His work on the mic is flawless, his matches are pitch perfect, it’s almost as if he never left. Jericho has seamlessly slid right back into his old spot and fans are likely hoping he will not leave anytime soon.
But is the world title in his immediate future?
Chris has worn the strap before of course, so there is no doubting he is more than capable of handling the spotlight. And considering that The Rock is currently WWE Champion, the tone has already been set in terms of a veteran holding a prominent spot in the company.
But despite how much Jericho’s fans would love to see their favorite hoist the world title over his head at WrestleMania this year, there seems to be too many obstacles standing in his way.
The first, but not the least of which, is the fact that Del Rio has not been in his baby face role for very long. Alberto’s turn seemed to come out of nowhere, catching many fans off guard. But now that he is firmly a fan favorite, a rivalry with Chris would ultimately divide the crowd in many ways and thus would not bode well for the Mexican Aristocrat.
However, if Jericho were to turn heel again, then that would open up a whole new world of possibilities for a potential feud with Alberto. Del Rio would surely benefit greatly from the rub that only Y2J could give his career.
Then there is the fact that it is only a matter of time before Chris leaves the company again to get back to his music career. Fans know the drill, and understand that a departure this time out would make the most sense post-WrestleMania.
Why give him the championship if that is indeed the case?
But the biggest roadblock that I personally see in the way of a Chris Jericho world-title victory stands at 6’4” and weighs over 400 pounds.
Mark Henry’s recent return to WWE has already sparked a world of rumors and speculation regarding his future and how that future will play out. After all, his last run included a world championship reign, and for the first time in his career, he was fully booked as the unstoppable beast that WWE had always claimed he was.
He was the most intense, and more powerful than we had ever seen him. If that happens again this time, then Mark Henry could be the man hoisting that big gold belt at WrestleMania.
So where does that leave Chris Jericho?
If the world title is indeed not in Jericho’s future, then his presence in the Elimination Chamber match is still very important. He adds star power to the match, raising the bar for the other superstars competing. He also adds some quality ring work to the bout, especially against Daniel Bryan, Jack Swagger and Randy Orton, the other technically sound performers involved.
Add to this the Big Red Monster Kane, and of course Mark Henry, and this match is one that should deliver with excellent wrestling, high impact spots and power moves aplenty. This showdown could very well steal the show at the pay-per-view, and that is a spot that Chris Jericho is not only comfortable in, but also very familiar with.
Win or lose, Chris Jericho will work very hard to make the match and the other superstars look as good as possible. He is an old pro and that is how he does business. Whether he will emerge victorious then compete at WrestleMania for the World Championship however, is anyone’s guess.
But he will give everything he has to entertain. That much is never up for debate.