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The return of the saviour
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Chris Jericho returns at Raw in Fort Lauderdale, FL, November 19, 2007. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea


It was exactly the way Chris Jericho envisioned it.

First, the clothesline of a runner entering the building to "pass the torch" to champion Randy Orton.

Then the countdown with Save_Us.222, changing to Save_Us.Y2J, flashing on the Titantron.

It was wonderful. It was the return of Jericho, whose book A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex is a must-read. Y2J promises: "The WWE will never, ever be the same again."

"The Save Us part was an idea I had. When I first came into WWE, I was going to be its saviour," Jericho said.

His return had been talked about for weeks. Jericho said the hype was a good thing.

"I've been seeing posters of I Am Legend, the movie with Will Smith, for months now. And by the time it comes out, I really want to see it," Jericho said. "It's the pomp and circumstance. People sometimes want to be instantly gratified. That cheapens a lot of the joy of the business. It harms the magic. With the second-coming vignettes, the people knew, but they didn't know. They're thinking, 'Maybe it's another swerve. Maybe it's going to be a returning Edge or Lashley. Or maybe it's Funaki coming out.'"

Jericho said he made no demands of WWE before agreeing to return.

"My idea is go hard or go home. It's not just going to be me coming back for a week or just working TV," he said.

Jericho, who will get a title shot against Orton at the December 16 Armageddon pay-per-view, has a long line of opponents he would like to step into the ring with.

"Mr. Kennedy, MVP, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, John Cena, Edge ... and I've never had a match with Undertaker," Jericho said. "But you've got to be able to work with anybody.

"I'd like to do matches with Paul London and Brian Kendrick."

Jericho also unveiled a new finishing move, The Codebreaker.

"I saw Marufuji use the move in Ring of Honor," he said. "He used it as a transition move. I worked on it with Lance Storm at his wrestling school. It's like a Stunner. It's not the hardest bump, but it looks great."

WHOOOO!: Ric Flair is back. On Monday's RAW, The Nature Boy told viewers he would "never retire." But it's win or else for Flair. Mr. McMahon said the next time Flair loses, he's out. So far, so good. Flair beat Orton in a non-title match, with an assist from Jericho.

RELATED LINKS

  • Photo Gallery: WWE Raw in Fort Lauderdale with Jericho's return
  • Review: A Lion's Tale worth pulling
  • November 19, 2007: Jericho primed to "Save_us22" tonight
  • November 14, 2007: Jericho still pumped for book promotion
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