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The WWE Second of 2012 – Downtown with Darsie

Chris JerichoLet me pull out my soap box from storage. There it is! It’s pretty dusty, let me grab a clothe and dust it off! That’s a lot better! It’s on solid ground, let me stand on top and discuss what’s been hitting the rumor mill in the world of professional wrestling these days, the “Second of 2012” promos. People think it’s the Undertaker coming back, to “take back” what’s his. Let me tell you who I believe it is….

CHRIS JERICHO, BABY!

Why Chris Jericho? Let’s put me being a huge Jericholic aside, do you remember his promos for his first debut in the World Wrestling Federation in August 1999 or his “second coming” in the World Wrestling Entertainment in November 2007? In 1999 was the Millennium Countdown Clock and in 2007 was “Save_Us.Y2J” gimmick.

Let me connect the dots, if you don’t see where I’m going with this…Millennium Countdown Clock for his first coming…Save_Us.Y2J for his second coming…Second of 2012 for his third coming.

One of the biggest (or well known) lines from the promos that have been out has been something along the line of someone’s “coming back to take back” what’s theirs. It makes sense that everyone thinks it will be the Undertaker. The ring has been known to be “his yard.” But why bring back the Brothers of Destruction on the same night?

Heck, why bring back more than one main eventer on the same night? Oh, right, WWE booking.

Anyways, I’m happy Kane’s coming back. His promos are clear that it’s him (they’re showing his old masks)! But this “Second of 2012” promo has been discussed hours on end when I’ve been listening to wrestling podcasts while working stocking shelves with Coca Cola.

Before I go into my thought process on why I believe it’s Chris Jericho’s “Third Coming” party on Monday, January 2nd, 2012, I do want to admit that the last full episode of WWE Raw, WWE Smackdown, TNA iMpact, or whatever wrestling program, was a WWE Monday Night Raw episode when Batista quit (Monday, May 24th, 2010). Chris Jericho was still around at this point in time, but used in a way that I could care less on keeping up with watching him and his storylines on my television screen.

So what’s better than studying for finals, preparing for my last year in school, and now, being graduated, listening to podcasts while stocking shelves? This helps me think about things that don’t deal with customers driving me nuts with being lazy on not putting product back where they found it.

Okay, I’ll stop with my tangent. Well, it really wasn’t a tangent; I’m helping explain my thought pattern behind why I believe Chris Jericho’s coming back.

Do you remember on how much buzz there was in the pro wrestling world when the promos started to hit before Jericho came back in 2007? It was huge! So why not come back in a form where everyone is trying to figure out (like last time) on who’s coming back to reclaim that was theirs once before?

We all know the Undertaker will be at WrestleMania 2012. Why not have him return at a pay-per-view event? Yes, more people would see his return if it’s on TV, but wouldn’t it help PPV buy-rates if WWE would bring him back on a PPV (saying that people should order their PPVs to see legends like the Dead Man return)?

“The second day of 2012 is upon us, and it will be end of the world as we know it.”

January 2nd will come, and for the professional wrestling world, will we hear… “Welcome to the third coming of Y…2….J!” I don’t know. Time will tell. But if I were a betting man, odds are high on making a lot of money betting on Chris Jericho. We all know the Undertaker will come back sooner rather than later. Jericho worked us in the past on when he’s coming back, so he’ll never tell us. Past showed us that his returns (Jericho’s, that is) has been memorable. I’ll get off my soap box and put it back in storage. Until I pull it back out for another rant, keep it cool.

Follow Eric on Twitter @edardar and check out his sites http://www.vintagedarsie.wordpress.com and http://www.writerscafe.org/Darsie/writing/

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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