Battleground 2014: Chris Jericho vs Bray Wyatt
It didn’t take the returning Chris Jericho long to attract the attention of WWE’s sinister sermonizer, Bray Wyatt. At WWE Battleground, the legendary Y2J will be pitted against The Man of 1,000 Truths, and despite the reign of terror that Wyatt’s unleashed in WWE during Jericho’s absence from the ring, the first Undisputed WWE Champion in history isn’t intimidated by his new rival.
Wyatt, on the other hand, has questioned whether Jericho will even be able to save himself when he comes up against The Eater of Worlds. And, almost as if addressing a false prophet, Wyatt insists he’ll hold Jericho accountable for every word he’s uttered.
Alongside Luke Harper & Erick Rowan, Wyatt ruined Jericho’s celebratory homecoming on the June 30 edition of Raw, pulverizing the outnumbered Jericho. The ambush prompted a response days later from the ever-outspoken former World Champion, who thanked the Wyatts for reminding him that WWE is all about survival but was quick to state that he can “be a little dangerous,” too.
Wyatt’s motives for targeting Jericho are characteristically cryptic, but The Eater of Worlds has alluded to The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla’s cult of personality, which sparks comparisons to Wyatt’s own movement. Upon returning to WWE in 2007, Jericho embarked on a campaign whose message was ultimately decoded as “SAVE_US.Y2J,” a popular sentiment that’s carried on through the years. More recently, it’s Wyatt who has employed the persuasive tactics of a self-professed savior. And whereas millions of adoring Jerichoholics support Y2J in whatever outlet he chooses, Wyatt has quickly cultivated a mass of followers who sing the chorus, “He’s got the whole world in his hands.”
Is Jericho truly a competitor unlike any other that Wyatt’s faced, as he claims? Or will the ascendant Wyatt add the fearless six-time World Champion to his already impressive list of conquests? See which hierarch comes out on top when Chris Jericho tries Bray Wyatt in singles action at WWE Battleground, live on WWE Network and pay-per-view on Sunday, July 20.