Found January 28, 2013 on
Much of the buzz following tonight’s WWE Royal Rumble is the surprise return by Chris Jericho and whether or not this is a one-time appearance or if he’ll be hanging around for a little while.
Jericho entered the Rumble at #2 and picked up right where he left off with his feud against Dolph Ziggler. Jericho defeated Ziggler at SummerSlam last year, but than lost to Ziggler the next night on RAW in a match that held the stipulation that Jericho be fired if he lost the match. Jericho has been gone from the WWE ever since.
WWE.com caught up with Chris Jericho backstage after the show and posted the following video. Dolph Ziggler interrupts it shortly after and taunts Jericho. We’re not sure if we’re reading into the line much or not, but Jericho makes reference that when he lost that match on RAW to Ziggler, that it simply said he was to be “fired, not retired” and that Vince McMahon had a change of heart tonight. He then says “so you got me fired, but now I’m re-hired.” He closes out the interview by insulting Ziggler and saying “I guess I’ll see you when I see you, pretty boy.” He taps Ziggler on the cheek and walks away.
You can watch the video HERE.
BEST OF MAXIM
WWE still managed to surprise with this year's Royal Rumble. No, the Rumble didn't include long-rumored former stars John Morrison, Carlito, Hurricane Helms, Shelton Benjamin and Chris Masters. They were either just visiting friends or red herrings.
The big surprise this year was Chris Jericho, who came in at No. 2 and lasted nearly 50 minutes.
Also in the match: Goldust...
Chris Jericho’s return at the Royal Rumble reportedly had some mixed reactions. Some were excited for his return heading into WrestleMania, but many felt that Jericho was there just to “take the spot” of other talents. WWE has always been known for bringing back some former superstars for the Road to WrestleMania. As noted earlier here on the website, Jericho will likely be...
- A Tamina Snuka vs. Kaitlyn match for the WWE Divas Title was planned for the Royal Rumble pay-per-view but was nixed when the final script for the show was laid out.
- As seen at last night’s WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view, The Shield attacked The Rock in the main event. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose came from under the ring after the lights went out, hit the triple...
- WWE's website spoke to Chris Jericho following last night's surprise return at the Royal Rumble. Jericho talked about keeping his return a surprise but was interrupted by Dolph Ziggler. Jericho said Ziggler got him fired last year but now he's been re-hired. Jericho threatened to stay on Ziggler's case day in and day out for the next year.
Jericho also tweeted...
- WWE has already released a new Chris Jericho t-shirt:
- Jim Ross tweeted about last night’s WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view and says CM Punk restored importance to the WWE Title:
“I enjoyed @WWE Royal Rumble on PPV. Road to WM will be revealing. Several talents stood out. I pd retail & have the flu & I’m happy. You?”
“@steveaustinBSR used 2 preach about the importance...
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has published a new blog on Jrsbarbq.com. Here are some highlights.Chris Jericho’s WWE return: Really enjoyed the Rumble match. Chris Jericho was arguably one of the MVP’s of the PPV and Y2J coming out 2nd in the Rumble order of entry gave the crowd life and the match an early hit that seemed to be sustained throughout. Brilliant placement for the future...
Partial Source: Pwinsider.com
There has been a lot of speculation on Chris Jericho’s WrestleMania opponent following his return to WWE last night at the Royal Rumble.
Word is that Jericho may feud with Dolph Ziggler up to the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, and then turn heel. Once Jericho turns heel, he may feud with Ryback, which will include a WrestleMania match.
Keep in mind...
- WWE has posted video of painful Royal Rumble eliminations.
- Howard Finkel will be hosting the Royal Rumble live chat on WWE.com, starting at 7:00pm.
- WWE uploaded video footage of Bo Ballas winning the NXT Tournament at Saturday’s Royal Rumble Fan Fest to earn a spot in Sunday night’s 30-man Royal Rumble match. You can watch it embedded in the video below:
- Dolph Ziggler...
- Kofi Kingston, The Miz, Darren Young and Epico will be featured on today’s episode of WWE Saturday Morning Slam.
- Matt Striker revealed that he will be moderating the “Straight Shooting” panel on WCW at today’s Royal Rumble Fan Fest in Phoenix, Arizona. We’re seeking fan reports from today’s Fan Fest including match results and other notes.
- Chris Jericho filmed his...
- Below is the final episode of Santino Marella’s Foreign Exchange:
- It appears the rumored Dolph Ziggler babyface turn won’t be happening. WWE officials recently discussed having Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania 29, with Dolph winning. No word yet how this scenario would tie in with Ziggler’s Money in the Bank briefcase but he is...
- WWE NXT producer/coach Joey Mercury is now on Twitter at @WWEMercury.- Ezekiel Jackson has been working with Diamond Dallas Page’s DDPYOGA while being away from WWE with an injury. He continues to tell fans on Twitter that he will be back soon. He posted the following today:“Great workout today… Pumped and angry, not a good combo #soon”- As noted, Chris Jericho will be...
- Chris Jericho had the Superstar Spotlight on WWE’s website earlier but it’s since been changed to new WWE Champion The Rock.- WWE Superstar Sheamus turns 35 years old today.- Sin Cara tweeted the following about his performance at the WWE Royal Rumble:“For the ones that were talking, guess what!! just a month and a half after my knee surgery, I’m back!!! PPV Royal Rumble!!”