Chris Jericho returned to the WWE last night at Night of Champions to be the mystery tag partner for Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in their match against The Wyatt Family.
Break down the walls
The former WWE Champion returned to televised programming for the first time on Sunday since The Beast in the East WWE Network special back in July. In between then and now, he had been doing work at live events.
Y2J ended up costing the match for Reigns and Ambrose by tagging himself in while The Big Dog was lining up to spear a weakened Brawn Strowman. But was it the right decision to bring him back and into this feud in the first place?
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A lot of speculation was surrounding Jericho prior to Night of Champions, as many expected him to be the mystery partner. The Rock, Samoa Joe, Erik Rowan, and Kane (who also returned last night) were all linked, but ultimately it was The Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla that was given the call.
There were certainly benefits of having Jericho in this match for Strowman. Having Strowman end the match by putting Y2J to sleep certainly puts him over and makes him look good.
But when the likes of Samoa Joe and Finn Balor, who are more deserving of the opportunity, are waiting in the wings for the chance to prove themselves on the main roster, you have to view the situation we were given last night as lazy writing by the WWE creative team.
Who out of Reigns and Ambrose made the final decision to pick Jericho is unclear, but it only points further towards a split between the two down the line. However, there were certainly better ways of writing this than have Jericho tag himself in while Reigns was setting up a spear attempt.
In the meantime, it looks like the WWE are setting up a heel Jericho vs either Reigns or Ambrose at Hell in a Cell, and hopefully that will be the end of Jericho in this feud.