What a tremendous return for Chris Jericho last night on WWE Raw. That was one of the best wrestling re-appearances in a long time. Everything worked. The crowd was simply dying to see Y2J return, his promo was short and sweet and Randy Orton played the perfect heel.
While watching the new and improved Jericho jabber with Orton I was instantly reminded of Jericho’s first-ever appearance on Raw.
The date was August 9, 1999 and The Rock was firmly cementing his status as one of the best in the business. The last few weeks had seen a “countdown to the Millenium” clock on WWE programming leading up to the 8/9 show. Major hysteria had been sweeping the nation that the world would blow up on 1/1/00 so the clock was very timely and mysterious.
While my computer didn’t explode on January 1st, former WCW star Chris Jericho did explode onto the WWE scene when he interrupted The Brahma Bull to introduce himself to the WWE (then known as the WWF) fans. An amazing debut then and an amazing one now.
So, to celebrate Jericho’s return to Raw I thought it would be interesting to look back at his first-ever appearance on the flagship brand of World Wrestling Entertainment. Enjoy.