Preview: “The night belongs to Jericho”
At Unforgiven, Chris Jericho experienced both one of the lowest and one of the highest points of his impressive career. Despite receiving a righteous beating at the hands of Shawn Michaels earlier in the night, the first-ever Undisputed Champion went on to win the first-ever World Heavyweight Championship Scramble. Having beat out four other Superstars to win the gold, who will World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho defend the title against first? And now that he has proven himself as Rawâ<80><99>s â<80><9c>top-dog,â<80> can the rivalry between Jericho and HBK be put to bed? Now that heâ<80><99>s defeated his rival and new World Heavyweight Champion, what does this mean for Shawn Michaelsâ<80><99> future and career?
Jericho was not originally scheduled to be part of the Scramble, and only received his slot after then-World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk was stripped of the title after he was rendered unable to defend it. The Straightedge Superstar was attacked in the locker room area by Randy Orton along with World Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase and Manu, the son of WWE Hall of Famer Afa. With the championship gold around the waist of Jericho, and a team of impressive second and third-generation Superstars to blame, who will feel Punkâ<80><99>s wrath first? Also, what is the nature of the alliance between Orton, Rhodes, DiBiase & Manu? Have they forged a new coalition of ruthless Superstars?
World Tag Team Champions Rhodes & DiBiaseâ<80><99>s performance wasnâ<80><99>t solely limited to the beating they administered to the former World Heavyweight Champion, however. The two also successfully defended their titles against Cryme Tyme, proving that thereâ<80><99>s more to these competitors than impressive last names. With the more experienced Randy Orton seemingly in their corner, who will fall at the World Tag Team Championsâ<80><99> feet next?
For the answers to these questions and more, make sure to tune in to Monday Night Raw at 9/8 CT only on USA Network.