Since debuting in WWE the year prior, Chris Jericho was making waves in his new promotion. After years and years of playing second fiddle in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) to the likes of Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash and Sting, Jericho was finally given the proverbial ball and didn't only run with it, he darn near sprinted.
It wouldn't be until 2001 when he won a world title -- becoming the first Undisputed Champion in WWE history -- but he bided his time until then feuding with the likes of Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Triple H.
During one of what would end up being nine reigns as IC champ, Jericho ran afoul the McMahon family and in particular, Stephanie who had -- storyline-wise recently married "The Game." Triple H and his crew, D-Generation X, were handing a beating to The Rock on an episode of SmackDown and Jericho jumped in to help "The Great One."
On the following Raw, the McMahon regime laid down the gauntlet for the "Ayatollah of Rock and Rollah."
First, he would defend his title against Angle. If he managed to remain champion after that, The Big Show would be opponent number two. And if by some miracle, Jericho held onto the belt after those two matches, Benoit would be his third opponent.
Check out some of the action from that night right here:
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8 May 2012
- Pic: CM Punk throws out the first pitch at Chicago Cubs game by Geno Mrosko May 8, 2012 8:10 PM CDT - 15 comments
- WWE Over the Limit 2012 match card updated: Fatal Four Way, Divas championship match added by Geno Mrosko May 8, 2012 8:00 PM CDT - 13 comments
- WWE Raw ratings for May 7 show average 4.31 million viewers on USA by Geno Mrosko May 8, 2012 7:14 PM CDT - 16 comments
- Tommy Dreamer believes concussions didn't cause Junior Seau's suicide by Keith Harris May 8, 2012 6:05 PM CDT - 36 comments
- Front-page news: Lessons from Pro Wrestling Illustrated covers (1979-80) by Jason Mann May 8, 2012 3:14 PM CDT - 6 comments
- Paul Heyman to appear on WWE TV semi-regularly through SummerSlam, according to reports by Sergio Hernandez May 8, 2012 3:00 PM CDT - 28 comments
- WWE Raw results and reactions from last night (May 7): Raw is bored by Geno Mrosko May 8, 2012 1:18 PM CDT - 57 comments
- CM Punk tells fan on Twitter to kill himself over stance on gay marriage, later apologizes by Sergio Hernandez May 8, 2012 11:00 AM CDT - 30 comments
- On This Date in WWE History: Chris Jericho defends the Intercontinental title three times on Raw by Sergio Hernandez May 8, 2012 9:01 AM CDT - 6 comments
- Video: Paul Heyman returns to WWE Raw as Brock Lesnar's representative by Geno Mrosko May 8, 2012 7:01 AM CDT - 13 comments
- Pic: Primo is really impressed with Mason Ryan's man breasts by Geno Mrosko May 8, 2012 2:37 AM CDT - 15 comments
8 May 2011
- Scott Hall update: Ex-wife deletes Twitter account as he deteriorates by bix May 8, 2011 7:33 PM CDT - 5 comments
- DVD Review: Wrestling Road Diaries w/ Colt Cabana & WWE's Daniel Bryan by bix May 8, 2011 6:42 PM CDT - 3 comments
8 May 2010
- Golden age San Francisco wrestling legend Kenji Shibuya sadly passes away at age 88 by Keith Harris May 8, 2010 5:53 PM CDT
- Spoilers - TNA continues to take a panicked false turndown death of WCW memory lane by Keith Harris May 8, 2010 5:31 PM CDT - 1 comment