Chris Jericho is a legend in professional wrestling, and some will wonder how his career will eventually come to an end.
When a legend, such as Chris Jericho, decides to hang up his wrestling boots he will go down as one of the best to ever step into the squared circle. I don’t think it would be completely out of line to say that he has been criminally underrated throughout his career. Stop and think about how many times he has reinvented himself. He went from the Lionheart to Y2J, to “the best in the world” all the way to Le Champion and The Ocho.
Heck, he was able to click a pen and put someone on The List.
As his Hall of Fame career starts to wind down one might wonder how he will go out. How will he bring his career, which has been nearly 30 years long, to a conclusion? I would venture to say that he will turn babyface during his final run, as he has always had an incredible connection with the fans, and this is how I believe it should go.
If you’ve been following the AEW weekly shows and PPVs you will know that he’s hit a bit of a bumpy road recently, losing the Ring of Honor title to Claudio Castagnoli before being pinned by Action Andretti and Ricky Starks (twice). During Jericho’s AEW run, he started the Inner Circle as well as the Jericho Appreciation Society to introduce the audience to some performers that they may not know if they aren’t die-hard pro wrestling fans. While Jake Hager has been a part of both factions, he has not been used a lot as an in-ring performer. Sammy Guevara, however, has been the workhorse of both of Jericho’s factions during their four-year run in AEW.
Chris Jericho could give a big rub to a young talent on his way out
Jericho is an old-school veteran that knows that there comes a time when you need to walk away but, on your way out, you should try and elevate a young talent. With Jericho losing several singles matches in 2023 this is the perfect time to have Guevara begin to tease signs of his frustrations with the mentor, leading to an all-out assault on Jericho that will cement Sammy as a mega-heel and allow Chris to play the sympathetic babyface role.
This would result in Guevara and Daniel Garcia facing, and defeating, Jericho and Hager in a series of tag matches leading to a “loser leaves AEW” match on May 28, 2023, at Double or Nothing.
Obviously, Jericho would then take the fall in his last match, positioning Guevara as one of the top young heels in the company while Chris gets to go out to a standing ovation before becoming someone behind the scenes that could take some of the pressure and workload off Tony Khan.
Giving Jericho his flowers in front of a PPV audience would be well-deserved and should cement his legacy as one of the best to ever lace a pair of boots.