At the 11/19 Raw show — the night in which Chris Jericho returned — Triple H was joking with a number of the younger wrestlers about how they should be really excited for the next round of house shows. When asked why, he said that there would be nothing but sellouts now that “the savior” has arrived. He also said something similar to Shawn Michaels, telling him that he should work house shows again because Chris Jericho “was back to save wrestling.” Michaels didn’t really respond to Triple H’s comment as he didn’t laugh about it nor respond to it negatively. Of course, Triple H was being sarcastic with his comments. He was telling people that Ric Flair’s return will mean more money than Jericho’s return. Internally, some people believe Triple H’s comparison was counterproductive. It was also noted that he never does this sort of stuff at the arena to co-workers, but Jericho of all people got him to do it. If he does, it’s only with the inner circle of WWE. On the other hand, Stephanie McMahon was giving the impression at television that she is very supportive of Chris Jericho.
Chris Jericho’s feud with Randy Orton looks to be a short one as it should be over soon. He may move on to a “war of words” feud with JBL, culminating in a match at WrestleMania. Some people within WWE are already disappointed with Jericho’s mic work, in-ring work and mild crowd reaction. Jericho was never expected to get a long period of grace, but the tide has turned against him fairly quickly.