Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho: The Intercontinental Match Going Under the Radar

Mike KrakalovichContributor IMay 15, 2009

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 2:  (U.S. TABLOIDS OUT)   WWE wrestlers Rey Mysterio (in gold) and Chris Jericho perform on stage during the '1st Annual Video Game Awards' at the MGM Grand Garden Arena December 2, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The show premieres on Spike T.V. Thursday, December 4 at 9:00PM ET/PT.  (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

This Sunday, WWE presents Judgment Day 2009. We all know about the big World Title Match featuring Edge and Jeff Hardy, and the WWE Title match pitting Randy Orton against Batista. But nobody's been talking much about Rey Mysterio's Intercontinental Title defence against Chris Jericho.

Until now, that is. Join me as I attempt to break down the match from various angles.

First, let's take a look at what's at stake for each man.

Now, obviously Mysterio is putting his Intercontinental gold on the line. That's obvious. But isn't there much more at stake for WWE's littlest big man? Finally, for the first time since his World Title reign of a couple of years ago, Mysterio is getting a decent push.

Winning the IC belt was big for Rey. What would a loss to Jericho do to his status in the WWE? Certainly, it would damage his credibility as a main eventer. This is something he can't afford to have happen. If it does, he'll be mired in meaningless feuds for years.

How about Jericho? Ever since adopting his current persona, Y2J has been on a major roll. He's won some big matches and managed to be one of the Superstars fans can't help but notice. There's no doubt the fans don't like Jericho, but he's been successful. There's no denying that fact. Like Mysterio, a loss in this match will certainly delay Jericho's current roll.

Now, let's look at the match itself. I expect the bout will start off with Mysterio using his speed and agility to avoid Jericho's offense and frustrate him. But, inevitably, Jericho will manage to get the upper hand.

I anticipate Jericho will dominate the match for several minutes, using the underhanded tactics we've come to expect from him. Honestly, I have no idea how the finish will play out.

Will Jericho use some dirty methods to steal his ninth Intercontinental Championship? Or will Rey find a way to pull out yet another inspirational win? I can't even hazard a guess as to how this one will end.

That brings me to what the best outcome would be. If Jericho wins, it would be his ninth run as IC Champ, as mentioned earlier. I fail to see how this would benefit either Jericho, or WWE.

You would have one of the most talented wrestlers on the roster busy defending a secondary championship when he could be in the World Title picture. This benefits nobody.

You may hate him, but having Jericho in the main event picture would make Smackdown a better show. And winning a ninth Intercontinental Title would prove nothing and do nothing for Jericho's career.

As for the buildup to the match, for me, it's been a case of not noticing how they're building it up. There has been next to no promotion for this match. WWE seems to be focusing all their energy on promoting the World Title matches.