Saturday, 16 May 2009

Judgement Day 2009: Intercontinental Championship

If you ask Chris Jericho, he’ll tell you that he should be competing for the World Heavyweight Title at Judgment Day. But he’d be better suited not to dismiss the Superstar he is facing at the pay-per-view — Rey Mysterio — for the Intercontinental Championship. On last Friday’s SmackDown, Jericho marched into General Manager Theodore Long’s office, shoved Mysterio out of the way and demanded a World Heavyweight Championship Match. While he wasn’t given an opportunity flat-out, he was given a chance—if Jericho could defeat Jeff Hardy that night, then the main event of Judgment Day would become a Triple Threat Match between World Heavyweight Champion Edge, Jericho and Hardy. However, when the first-ever Undisputed Champion and The Charismatic Enigma met in the ring later that night, Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio appeared at ringside and distracted Jericho, allowing Hardy to hit the Twist of Fate and a Swanton Bomb for the victory. Mysterio then scaled the top rope and launched himself onto the prone Jericho, scoring a measure of retribution for Jericho's insult earlier in the night. Clearly, The Ultimate Underdog had enough of the loudmouthed, egotistical Jericho and wanted to send him a message. Since being drafted to SmackDown, Jericho has done nothing but insult the WWE Universe and claim that he is the most important Superstar on the roster. Mysterio, a Superstar who considers SmackDown his home, took it upon himself to put Jericho’s rampant ego in check, and he’ll get another chance to do just that when he defends his title against Jericho at Judgment Day. This contest won’t be an easy one for The Master of the 619. While Rey wowed the WWE Universe when he won the Intercontinental Championship from JBL in an unbelievable 21 seconds at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, he is facing one of the greatest Intercontinental Champions of all time. No Superstar has held this title as many times as Jericho, and his amazing eight reigns are a testament to the fact that he rises to the occasion whenever gold is on the line. Can The Ultimate Underdog repeat his showstopping WrestleMania performance and shut Jericho’s mouth, or will Jericho “Codebreak” his way to a ninth Intercontinental Title and move one step closer to finding the respect he demands?

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