Chris Jericho spent the majority of 2009-2010 trying to make his way back on Monday Nights. After a year of dominating SmackDown, captaining his Blue Team to win Bragging Rights, earning his 6th WWE World Title, and mentoring the eventual winner of NXT, Wade Barrett, Chris Jericho was pulled off SmackDown and drafted to RAW.
But is RAW still Jericho?
After dropping the World Heavyweight Title to 2010 MITB winner Jack Swagger, losing a Triple Threat Match to regain the title, and then being sidetracked with his feud with Edge, Chris Jericho failed to bring his World Championship momentum over to RAW.
Following the Draft, Chris Jericho and The Miz, after sustaining a set of right-handed knockout punches by The Big Show, decided to go after the Unified Tag Team Championships as the two members who carried Big Show during their tag title reigns. And with The Miz quickly climbing WWE’s ranks, teaming with Chris Jericho was an added boost to his already impressive career.
Think of the dominance of The Miz and Chris Jericho as the Unified Tag Team Champions? Imagine the unforgettable promos cut by these two? And envision Jericho and Miz becoming the fourth tag team in history to hold WWE’s three primary titles?
However, the dream team of Chris Jericho and The Miz was disbanded shortly after they were defeated by the defending champions, The Hart Dynasty, at Over the Limit. The two went their separate ways in pursuit of their respective singles title.
Frustration sets in…
Bret Hart issued a Triple Threat Qualifying match to determine the fourth spot in the WWE Championship Fatal 4-Way match at the PPV. The contest between Chris Jericho, Edge, and WWE Champion John Cena (if he won, neither Edge nor Jericho would be eligible) witnessed The Ultimate Opportunist dropping Jericho once again with a spear and covering him for the victory. Jericho’s former tag team partner and recent rival advanced to the Championship match at Fatal 4-Way at Jericho’s expense.
The following week, Jericho lost to the United States Champion R-Truth in a non-title match. Then, on the 3-hour RAW Viewer’s Choice, Chris Jericho was the subject to three humiliating defeats by the hands of The Big Show.
Instead of being given another shot at Cena’s WWE Title, or even attempting to take the vacant spot left by The Undertaker in SmackDown’s main-event match, Chris Jericho was dealt with a mid-card match on RAW against Evan Bourne. With WWE’s recent push to Evan Bourne, the high-flyer only managed to score a DQ victory over Jericho.
Chris Jericho who has gone toe-to-toe with the likes of Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, and Rey Mysterio Jr., is now having problems putting away Evan Bourne?
The sole reason why Chris Jericho has always been “The Best in the World at What He Does” is because he has never lost his cool. He would accept his loses, compose himself, and crank out another victory the next time. But with his steady streak of loses, including becoming a statistic in MITB history, can RAW even be considered Jericho?