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'Monday Night Raw' recap: Chris Jericho is back, baby

January 3, 2012 |  7:04 am

For weeks on "Monday Night Raw," mysterious videos have been shown. The videos featured a boy and a girl in a classroom devoid of students, with a vow that someone would be returning on the Jan. 2 edition of "Raw."

Speculation began immediately. Who would it be? Undertaker? Batista? Edge? Shane McMahon? Brock Lesnar?

But eventually most of the speculation centered on Chris Jericho, who went out of his way on Twitter to deny it would be him. So everyone was waiting for Monday night, when all would be revealed.

About 90 minutes into Monday's show, another video aired. After it ended, the entire arena went dark, as the "Y2J" chants started. Then, in an electric jacket was the outline of a familiar figure with his arms outstretched. Chris Jericho is back, baby.

The interesting thing about Monday was the fact that Jericho did not say a word. He came out as his "Y2J" character. The crowd went crazy. Jericho was all smiles. He ran around ringside, giving high-fives to everyone. He led the audience in cheers from the ring. It was a great feel-good moment.

No way does it last. Jericho has said in the past that when he did return to WWE, he would reinvent himself. No more "Y2J." No more business suits. He would come back, but not like we expect. So there's no way the Jericho we saw Monday night will remain. He is playing the audience like a violin. He might even come out next week in a three-piece suit and not say a word again.

But all will be revealed. At some point, Jericho will announce his real reason for returning. And we in the audience will be along for the ride. I can't wait.

Because Chris Jericho is back, baby.


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Photo: Chris Jericho returns to "Monday Night Raw." Credit: WWE