After weeks of speculation, Chris Jericho showed up tonight (Jan. 2) on WWE Raw and re-introduced himself to a fanbase who hadn't seen him since September 2010.
After two more videos aired throughout tonight's episode of Raw, the lights in the arena went out as the Memphis crowd began to chant "Y2J." A symbol appeared on the TitanTron before a huge fireworks display went off and Jericho's all-too familiar entrance theme hit.
Making his way to the ring to address the WWE Universe, he took some time to hug those ringside. The huge smile on his face was a clear indicator that Jericho was indeed home.
From that point, the former champion spent more time playing to the crowd than the combined running time of each of the videos hyping his return. He dropped the microphone and made several laps around the ring, making sure to slap the hands of every fan who was in the front row. Continuously screaming, "yeah!" to incite the crowd, he then made his way up the ramp on the right hand side only to run back down to go up the left hand side. Not a single fan's hand was left unslapped.
The segment was beginning to drag and a smattering of boos became audible. Jericho, standing at the top of the ramp, stood for a moment and his smile began to fade. He then turned around and made his way backstage without saying a word.
Very sorry to disappoint fans of The Undertaker and those hoping Shane McMahon would make his return tonight. "The Ayatollah of Rock and Rollah" has returned! But what does his first appearance back mean exactly? The videos promised "the end of the world as we know." How does that tie into Jericho running around the ring for five minutes and then leaving without so much as an explanation?
Well, at least the creepy kid with the thesaurus can get some rest. Someone buy him cold medicine, orange juice and a new video game, that little chap deserves it.